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31 Oct 2018

Public Health England has forecast that by 2030 Britain could be a smoke-free society.

And just one in 10 English people will smoke cigarettes in five years’ time, according to the predictions.

A total of 400,000 people gave up smoking in England last year.

There are now 6.1 million smokers in the country and rates are dropping.

The current figures show that 14.9 per cent of the population are smokers, down from 15.5 per cent the year before last, and down from 19.8 per cent in 2011.

PHE says that if the trend continues, by 2023 smoking rates will be between 8.5 per cent and 11.7 per cent.

Armed with these figures, PHE’s chief executive Duncan Selbie has urged the National Health Service to commit to a goal of making Britain a smoke-free society by 2030.

The trend suggests the goal is achievable.

An official smoke-free society means less than five per cent of the population smokes.

Published: 31 Oct 2018