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LGA responds to Cancer Research UK report on 2030 smokefree target

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responded to a new report by Cancer Research UK about how England is not expected to become smokefree until 2037, seven years behind the Government’s target 

“Councils can help the Government to achieve its ambition of eliminating smoking in England by 2030, but need adequate long-term funding and certainty for their public health services to help do so.

“Smoking rates overall continue to fall, which is good news, but as this report highlights we need to keep reaching out to those most in need of support, including in the poorest areas where health inequalities are starkest.

“People’s lives are improved for the better by councils, with every pound invested by government in council-run services such as public health helping to relieve pressure on other services like the NHS, social care and welfare.

“Smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death and local government stands ready to work with central government to tackle this.”


Public health funding grants to councils have been reduced by £700 million in real terms from 2015/16 to 2019/20.

England off track to meet government's 2030 smoke-free target

Original article link: https://www.local.gov.uk/lga-responds-cancer-research-uk-report-2030-smokefree-target

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