Tobacco Control: National and Local Strategies

The Government’s 1998 White Paper ‘Smoking Kills’ was a landmark public health strategy. Since then progress has been made to reduce the harm from tobacco use, by implementing the following:

  • Stop Smoking Services were set up in 1999 to help people to stop.
  • Most forms of advertising and sponsorship were banned in 2003/4.
  • In 2007 a landmark piece of legislation made all enclosed public spaces and workplaces smoke-free to protect people from exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • The legal age for buying tobacco was raised to 18 in 2007.
  • Pictorial health warnings on cigarette packets started in 2008.

The national strategy for A Smoke Free Future: 2010 – 2020, aimed

  • To stop the inflow of young people recruited as smokers.
  • To motivate and assist every smoker to quit.
  • To protect families and communities from tobacco related harm.

The ‘Tobacco Control Plan for England’, March 2011 sets out three national ambitions to:

  • Reduce smoking prevalence among adults in England.
  • Reduce smoking prevalence among young people in England.
  • Reduce smoking during pregnancy in England.

Lewisham’s Smokefree Future Delivery Group is implementing this strategy in Lewisham. A new national strategy was introduced in March 2011; this is called the Tobacco Control Plan for England. At the time of writing implementation has not yet been developed.






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