Marmot Review of Health Inequalities: Reducing tobacco use is key to narrowing the gap

Thursday 11 February 2010

Responding to the Mamot review of health inequalities published today [1] ASH welcomed the recommendation to increase investment in ill health prevention including programmes to reduce smoking among the poorest social groups. As the report notes: “Tobacco control is central to any strategy to tackle health inequalities as smoking accounts for approximately half of the difference in life expectancy between the lowest and highest income groups”. Smoking-related deaths are two to three times higher in low income groups than in wealthier social groups.

Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH commented:

“Smoking continues to be a major driver and cause of health inequalities and we are therefore encouraged by the recommendation in the Marmot review to increase investment in ill health prevention. We urge the Government to act on the recommendations of the Marmot review. As Marmot notes, public health budgets should not be regarded as optional extras and ill health prevention will help build the foundations of a healthier population for the future.”



Notes and links:
[1] Fair Society, Healthier Lives. Marmot review University College London, 2010