North East Directors of Public Health support a smokefree generation
3/4 of North East adults would like to see raising the age of sale for a smokefree generation
Among the measures SFAC is campaigning for are:
- A “polluter pays” levy on tobacco manufacturers towards prevention and support for smokers to quit
- More funding for mass media campaigns to support smokers to quit
- A consultation on raising the age of sale from 18 to 21
- Reducing the appeal of cigarette sticks and more quitting information inside packs
- A new Tobacco Control Plan which includes more measures to reduce the death and disease caused by smoking.
There is strong support in the NE to make smoking history for future generations.
- 78% support the vision of 5% of fewer people smoking by the year 2030
- Only 7% think the Government is doing too much to reduce smoking
- 79% support a levy on tobacco manufacturers for measures to help smokers quit and prevent young people from taking up smoking
- 69% support increasing the age of sale to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21
(Figures YouGov Smokefree Survey 2023
Former North East smoker and cancer survivor Sue Mountain is campaigning for more action to stop people like her getting hooked as children and suffering smoking-related disease. Sue spoke out for the launch of the independent Khan Review: Making Smoking Obsolete.
Young smokers in the North East reveal how they got hooked and worries about health as calls mount around the country for raising the age of sale and more action around prevention.
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