What could a smoke-free future mean for our health?


Cigarettes have been around since the 16th century. Back then, humans didn’t know that smoking causes about 7 out of 10 cases of lung cancer and that it can lead to conditions such as COPD and pneumonia

Now that we are well aware of the health risks of roll-ups and straights, the government has been on a mission to make this the last generation of smokers. 

Tobacco products hit the headlines back in 2019, when the Department of Health and Social Care released a paper named Advancing our Health: Prevention in the 2020s. In it, the government pledged that England would be smoke-free by 2030. 

Smoking led the news agenda again last week after a review was released by Dr Javed Khan OBE. The former CEO of children’s charity Barnardo's, who frequently advises government ministers, published a report that could mean cigarettes become obsolete. 

Here’s how…