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Healthy lives, healthy people: a tobacco control plan for England

  • Document type:
    Guidance
  • Author:
    HM Government
  • Published date:
    9 March 2011
  • Publication format:
    A4 electronic only
  • Gateway reference:
    15513
  • Pages:
    57
  • Copyright holder:
    Crown

Healthy Lives, Healthy People: a Tobacco Control Plan for England sets out how tobacco control will be delivered in the context of the new public health system, focusing in particular on the action that the Government will take nationally over the next five years to drive down the prevalence of smoking and to support comprehensive tobacco control in local areas.  

It includes commitments to:

  • implement legislation to end tobacco displays in shops;
  • look at whether the plain packaging of tobacco products could be an effective way to reduce the number of young people who take up smoking and to support adult smokers who want to quit, and consult on options by the end of the year;
  • continue to defend tobacco legislation against legal challenges by the tobacco industry, including legislation to stop tobacco sales from vending machines from October 2011;
  •  continue to follow a policy of using tax to maintain the high price of tobacco products at levels that impact on smoking prevalence;
  • promote effective local enforcement of tobacco legislation, particularly on the age of sale of tobacco; 
  • encourage more smokers to quit by using the most effective forms of support, through local stop smoking services; and
  • publish a three-year marketing strategy for tobacco control.

Through the comprehensive action described in this plan, we want to reduce smoking rates faster in the next five years than has been achieved in the past five years.   The plan sets out national ambitions:

  • to reduce adult (aged 18 or over) smoking prevalence in England to 18.5 per cent or less by the end of 2015 (from 21.2 per cent), meaning around 210,000 fewer smokers a year.
  • to reduce rates of regular smoking among 15 year olds in England to 12 per cent or less (from 15 per cent) by the end of 2015.
  • to reduce rates of smoking throughout pregnancy to 11 per cent or less (from 14 per cent) by the end of 2015 (measured at time of giving birth).

Academic review of smokefree legislation

Alongside this Tobacco Control Plan, we are publishing an academic review of the evidence of the impact of the smokefree legislation that was implemented in England in 2007.  The evidence is clear that smokefree legislation has had beneficial effects on health.

Stop smoking service delivery and monitoring guidance 2011/12

This document provides best practice guidance relevant to the provision of all publically provided stop smoking interventions and sets out fundamental quality principles for the commissioning and delivery of services which can be used to inform the development of local commissioning and provision arrangements. It also includes full details of the data requirements for local stop smoking services

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