New government plans have been set in place that means Nobody will smoke in England by 2030. For any smokers out there prepare to give up your life long addiction.
Official figures state that one out of seven people in the country are smokers. And, for the first time we have seen a decrease in pregnant woman lighting one up.
Now a governments green paper states, that the NHS will be admitting their patients to hospital to try and kick the habit. This will cost the economy around £11 billion a year.
The paper company will not demand the tobacco companies to pay for the services. This is despite claims government spending on trying to end smoking having fallen by 30 per cent over the past five years.
The Green Paper said: “Thanks to our concerted efforts on smoking, we now have one of the lowest smoking rates in Europe with fewer than one in six adults smoking.
“Yet, for the 14 per cent of adults who still smoke, it’s the main risk to health.”
It goes on: “The gains in tobacco control have been hard-won, and there’s still much to do.
“For the 14 per cent of adults who are not yet smoke-free, smoking is the leading cause of ill-health and early death, and a major cause of inequalities. That’s why the government wants to finish the job.”
Sarah Woolnough, policy director at Cancer Research UK, told the Mirror that smokers need continued support to help quit and that big tobacco firms should foot the bill. And more recently, the government set a target of reducing the number of smokers in the country to just 12 per cent by 2022.
She said: “Smoking is still the biggest preventable cause of cancer, illness and avoidable death.
“The pledge to become a smoke-free country by 2030 will require continuous and comprehensive action, including making sure every smoker has the support they need to quit.
“It’s only fair that hugely profitable tobacco companies should be made to pay for these measures, to help clean up the mess they have made.”
Consultation on the Green Paper will run until 14 October with a decision expected next spring.
We can comfortably say that we all know someone or have met someone that is a smoker. Has the government bitten off more that they can chew?… let just hope that this plan doesn’t go up in ‘SMOKE’…