Our policy on a Tobacco-Free UK

Cancer Research UK has bold ambitions for bringing forward the day when all cancers are cured. We also have bold ambitions for bringing forward the end of the death and disease caused by tobacco.

We believe that setting an ambition for achieving a Tobacco-Free UK, where less than 5% of the adult population smoke, is in line with the UK’s international commitment to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

By inspiring government and society to imagine all that is to be gained from an end to the tobacco epidemic, we will fire ambition and commitment to develop the policies and investment to speed progress and save thousands of lives.


The Impact of Tobacco Use on Health Inequalities

December 2014

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Tobacco Key Facts

October 2014

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Taking a Reading: The impact of public health transition on tobacco control and smoking cessation services in England. A report by ASH, commissioned by Cancer Research UK

March 2015

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Tobacco Control Endgames: Global initiatives and implications for the UK, a report by Ruth Malone, Patricia McDaniel and Elizabeth Smith. Commissioned by Cancer Research UK

July 2014

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Cancer Research UK response to the Welsh Government's Public Health White Paper consultation

September 2014

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Contact us

Get in touch with our policy team to find out more information about our policy on tobacco.

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