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9 July 2019, 10:49
The government is reportedly planning to get Brits to stop smoking completely and either quit or move to vaping instead
Smoking in Britain looks set to be stamped out in just 11 years, according to leaked government plans.
It is hoped that people will either quit completely or move to vaping by 2030, reports the Daily Mail.
The report also suggests that it will be up to the Tobacco Giants, rather than cash-strapped health services, to encourage people to stop smoking.
Cigarette packets will reportedly be forced to contain leaflets with advice on smoking cessation, alongside the health warnings and graphic images already featured.
Government health ministers are said to be planning to announce the new plans next week. The new regulations will apparently coincide with a crackdown on black market cigarettes.
Smoking rates have dramatically fallen in the last 35 years - and rates of adults taking up the habit have halved.
The government plans state, according to the report: "The gains in tobacco control have been hard-won, and there’s still much to do.
"For the 15 per cent of adults who are not yet smoke-free, smoking is the leading cause of ill-health and early death, and a major cause of inequalities.
"That’s why the Government wants to finish the job."