News ID: 256209
Published: 0918 GMT July 23, 2019

Gov't pledges to end smoking in England by 2030

Gov't pledges to end smoking in England by 2030

The government is pledging to end smoking in England by 2030 as part of a range of measures to tackle the causes of preventable ill health.

Promoting physical activity, developing guidelines on sleep and targeting those at risk of diabetes are also set out as priorities in the green paper, BBC wrote.

The policy document aims to reduce the number of years spent in poor health.

Currently men and women spend over a fifth of their lives in ill health — 19 years for women and 16 for men.

Those in deprived areas experience the longest periods of poor health.

The green paper, which will now be consulted on, proposes a number of ways of tackling this.


They include:

● Ensuring any smoker admitted to hospital automatically gets offered help to quit

● Extending tooth brushing schemes in nurseries and primary schools

● Reviewing the evidence on sleep and health with a view to developing clear national guidance on daily recommended hours of sleep

● Encouraging "active play" such as skipping in nurseries and more travel by bike and on foot

● Doubling funding for the diabetes prevention program which targets lifestyle support to those most at risk of developing type 2 diabetes


The measures come on top of steps that have already been consulted on, including:


● Clearer calorie labelling in cafes, restaurants and takeaways

● A ban on junk food advertising before 21:00

● Banning the sale of energy drinks to children


Councilor Ian Hudspeth, of the Local Government Association, said the green paper contained some "ambitious and interesting ideas", but agreed it would be undermined by the inadequate funding.

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth branded it "extremely disappointing", highlighting the decision not to push ahead with extending the sugar tax to milkshakes — the paper proposes waiting to see if industry reduces the sugar content of milk drinks.

There is no commitment either to introduce a levy on tobacco firms to pay for stop smoking services — something which had been called for.

Previously the UK government had aimed to create a smoke-free society — with smoking rates close to zero — by 2025. Currently 14 percent of adults smoke in the country.

The consultation on the green paper runs until 14 October, with the government's response expected by next spring.


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