Smokers living in council housing could be banned from smoking, a new report suggests

dr Javed Khan OBE has made some radical proposals that social housing residents should be banned from smoking, as well as kicking out the habit in pub gardens

Radical ideas have been proposed to discourage people from smoking
Radical ideas have been proposed to discourage people from smoking

Smokers living in council housing could be banned from lighting under a new crackdown on cigarettes.

The legal buying age for cigarettes in England should be raised to 21, and then increased by a year every year, a new report suggests.

The results of the independent review led by Dr. Javed Khan OBE will be considered and a response will be published as part of the government’s white paper on health disparities.

Commissioned by Health Secretary Sajid Javid, it sets out a set of recommendations to help Downing Street meet its goal of being smoke free by 2030.

dr Khan told the paper he believes those living in community-owned properties should be among the first to feel the impact.







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The report urges officials to paint cigarettes green, ban films depicting smoking and that everyone in public housing should be pressured to quit.

He wrote, “In the United States, smoking is banned in all public housing. I’m not proposing that for now.”

However, he said that “specific measures” needed to be put in place on community properties to stop smokers and to ban smoking in outdoor dining areas.

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He wrote: “A significant proportion of new tenancies and new developments – 70 per cent – should be smoke-free to reflect the 70 per cent of people in public housing who do not smoke.

“College housing, assisted living and residential homes for the homeless, and shelters for people transitioning from prison or inpatient mental health services should do the same.”

In his report, he advocates making it impossible for Britons to smoke in the future.







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He wrote, “I recommend increasing the selling age from 18 by one year each year until no one can buy a tobacco product in this country.”

Mr Javid yesterday refused to rule out raising the age for buying cigarettes from 18, saying the Government must “look at radical ways to bring down smoking rates”.

Almost six million people in England smoke and tobacco remains the single largest cause of preventable disease and death.







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Tackling tobacco use and helping smokers quit would help prevent 15 types of cancer – including lung cancer, throat cancer and acute myeloid leukemia – a key objective of the NHS’ long-term plan.

Recent data show that an estimated one in four deaths from all cancers is due to smoking.

The independent review found that smoking places a disproportionate burden on the most disadvantaged families and communities – at the extreme, smoking prevalence in Burnley is 4.5 times higher than in Exeter.

Smokers in the country’s most deprived areas spend a higher proportion of their income on tobacco.

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