A new Tobacco Control Plan to deliver the smokefree 2030 ambition was due to be published in July 2021. However, in December 2021 the Government announced that it would be delayed until 2022.
The currently applicable strategy for tackling tobacco in England is Smoke-free generation: tobacco control plan for England 2017, which aimed to create a smoke-free generation, defined as an adult smoking rate of 5% or less. Targets were set for the end of 2022 to:
- reduce the number of 15-year-olds who regularly smoke from 8% to 3% or less.
- reduce smoking among adults in England from 15.5% to 12% or less.
- reduce the inequality gap in smoking prevalence between those in routine and manual occupations and the general population.
- reduce the prevalence of smoking in pregnancy from 10.7% to 6% or less.
Various measures to achieve these targets were set out in the Plan.