This spotlight episode aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the UK government's proposal to phase out and ban smoking in England, as announced in October 2023. It gathers a global network of distinguished experts, clinicians, and researchers - including Professor Sir Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England - to enhance participants' understanding and perspectives.
In the UK, over 14% of adults, or 6.9 million people, are smokers, with more than 80% starting before age 20. Smoking is the primary preventable cause of health problems and deaths, responsible for 64,000 annual fatalities in England. A 2020 independent review projected this number to reach half a million by 2030.
In early October 2023, the UK government unveiled a plan to combat smoking and addiction, aiming to create a smoke-free generation, safeguard children from health risks, and relieve the NHS burden. This plan includes phasing out smoking, offering support for quitting, reducing vaping's appeal to young people, and incrementally raising the legal age for buying tobacco products from 18, by one additional year annually.
Join this one-hour webinar, where experts in the field will:
- Explore the implications of this proposal and highlight issues surrounding the practical challenges associated with its implementation and its societal impact.
- Understand how this policy may influence the NHS and public health in its entirety, all while contemplating the feasibility of extending this ban across the entire UK.
- Consider the impact of this policy on the more vulnerable corners of our society.
This session will provide a space for a valuable and thought-provoking discussion on the future of smoking in England and be suitable for those interested in public health policies and legislation.
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