Better clinician access will help government halve smoking by 2010

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 02 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c669
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    Doctors will be required to provide more smoking cessation services as part of a new government target to halve the number of smokers in England.

    The Department of Health this week announced a new tobacco control strategy that aims to halve the number of smokers in the population from 21% to 10% by 2020.

    The guidance will build on efforts over the past decade that cut the number of people who smoke by a quarter.

    Under A smokefree future: a comprehensive tobacco control strategy for England, smokers will be encouraged to get support from the NHS, where professional help will be more accessible and wider range of options available.

    As part of …

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