Legal age to buy cigarettes set to increase by a year every year, report says
The age at which people can legally buy tobacco in England should be lowered from 18 to one every year, a government-commissioned review has recommended. This decision would effectively prohibit the current generation of children from buying cigarettes or tobacco.
The review also recommends promoting vapes as an effective ‘quitting switch’ tool to help people quit smoking, as well as improving prevention in the NHS so that smokers receive advice and support to quit with every interaction they have with health services.
Dr Javed Khan, who led the review, said: ‘Without immediate and sustained action, England will miss the smoke-free target by many years and most likely decades.
“A smoke-free society should be a social norm – but to achieve this we need to do more to stop people from starting to smoke, help those who already smoke and support those who are disproportionately affected by tobacco use. My holistic set of recommendations for government will achieve this goal, while saving lives, saving money, and addressing health disparities associated with smoking.
“My proposals are not only a plan for this government, but also for successive governments. To truly achieve a smoke-free society in our great country, we must commit to making smoking obsolete, once and for all.
“It has been a privilege to work on this review and to have the opportunity to improve the health of people across the country, and I look forward to seeing the government’s response.”
Health officials are considering ‘radical means’ to reduce the number of smokers in England, Sajid Javid has said.
Mr Javid told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘One thing close to my heart is tackling the health disparities that exist in our country – and when our biggest killer is cancer and that the main cause of this, of course, is smoking, and that’s why I commissioned an independent study from Javid Khan.”
He added: ‘It’s right that we look at ways, radical ways, to reduce smoking rates in this country, they’ve come down dramatically to around 15% of adults. We committed in our manifesto to having a smoke-free Britain, which reduces prevalence to 5% or less, by 2030. I am determined to do this.
Mr Javid said: “I think it’s right that we get to those biggest killers and focus a lot more on prevention. And I think I think as a society the NHS has sometimes been seen as something you go to when you’re sick without really thinking about how the NHS and others can focus on prevention to try and stop you getting sick in the first place.
Commenting on the reports, Simon Clark, director of smokers’ group Forest, said: “You don’t have to be 21 to know that smoking is potentially harmful to your health, it’s instilled in every child from their earliest days. young age.
“If you can legally have sex at 16, drive a car at 17, and buy alcohol at 18, you should be allowed to make an informed choice to buy tobacco at 18.
“In the eyes of the law, you are an adult at 18 and you should be treated as such.
There are still around six million smokers in England.
The Khan Tobacco Study was commissioned to provide the government with independent, evidence-based advice to help reduce tobacco-related inequalities.
Mr Khan has also been tasked with identifying the ‘most effective interventions’ to reduce smoking and help people quit smoking.