Smoking age could rise to 21 despite government split in ‘radical’ health review

A belated review is due to be announced Thursday on behalf of Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who is being pushed back by ministers, with new taxes on tobacco companies another option

The government is reportedly skeptical about plans to raise the smoking age to 21
The government is said to be skeptical about plans to raise the smoking age to 21

The UK’s legal smoking age could be raised to 21 under a “very radical” review reportedly due to be published this week.

The government is said to be divided over the recommendations of the review Guardiannew taxes for tobacco companies are also being considered.

The late review by Javed Khan, former Barnardo’s chief executive, will be released on Thursday, but Khan denied suggestions that the delay was due to ministerial opposition.

It is reported that there is skepticism across the government about changes to the legal retirement age and further tax increases, with plans to open consultations after the details are released.







There are around six million smokers in England and tobacco use has increased by 25 per cent among the under-30s during the Covid-19 pandemic
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The induction will be attended by Chief Medical Officer Sir Chris Whitty, Health Secretary Maggie Throup and Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Gwynne.

An industry source reportedly said the early version of the review was “very radical”, including a tobacco levy and an option to consider a similar approach to New Zealand’s by increasing the purchase age by one year each year, with the target To achieve it completely ban tobacco sales.

A government source said there was clearly an option for ministers not to accept the results of the review. A second source said as a “general principle, the view has always been that 18 is widely accepted as the age of adulthood”.







The Department for Health and Social Care is pushing for England to become smoke free by 2030
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There are six million smokers in England and tobacco use has increased by 25 per cent among the under-30s during the Covid-19 pandemic, an increase of more than 600,000 smokers in that age group. Overall, interest rates have fallen to less than 15 percent over the past two decades.

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “Tackling problems such as smoking is a priority for the Office for Health Improvement and Inequalities and is an important part of the government’s agenda to improve health care. That’s why we’ve launched the independent verification of our ambitious goal of making England smoke-free by 2030.

“The review will provide independent, evidence-based advice on possible interventions that will inform our approach to addressing the vast health disparities associated with tobacco use – and we look forward to seeing the report in due course.”

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