The Health and Wellbeing Committee of the Westmorland and Furness Council in the UK has thrown its support behind the government’s proposed “Smokefree Generation” plan, aiming to reduce the number of smokers to below 5% of the population by 2030.
The government’s recommendations to curb smoking include criminalizing the sale of tobacco products to anyone born on or after January 1, 2009, and restricting the flavors and descriptions of e-cigarettes to prevent them from being appealing to children.
Additional measures in the government’s plan involve regulating the displays in retail outlets to keep e-cigarettes out of children’s sight and limit the sale of disposable e-cigarettes, a response to the rise of e-cigarette use among children.
Katrina Stephens, the Director of Public Health for Westmorland and Furness Council, previously emphasized that smoking remains the leading cause of premature deaths in the region.
According to the UK Public Health sector, smoking is responsible for 84% of lung cancer deaths and increases the risk of stroke by at least 50%. The government has set a target to achieve a smoke-free England by 2030, meaning that the smoking population should be less than 5% by that year.
Stephens noted that to achieve this goal in Westmorland and Furness, around 10,000 individuals in the region will need to quit smoking, eliminating the need for others to take up the habit.