Our policy on a Tobacco-Free UK
We have created a central resources hub for Health Professionals which hosts all of our CRUK resources and further materials to help with managing the pandemic. We are updating the information as guidance changes. There is also a page specifically for patients on our about cancer hub.
Get in touch with our policy team to find out more information about our work and our policies.
The #QuitforCovid campaign launched in early 2020 in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. COVID-19 is a new illness caused by a virus that can affect people’s lungs and airways. Symptoms of COVID-19 include a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath. There are some groups of people who may be more at risk of serious illness if they catch coronavirus, including older people, people with long term health conditions and people who are immunosuppressed. Emerging evidence suggests people who smoke are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection.
If you or someone you know wants to stop smoking, there are a range of tools available to support you. Visit the NHS Smokefree website to find out more.
Cancer Research UK has bold ambitions beating cancer sooner. We also have bold ambitions ending 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 across all socio-economic groups, 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 are committed to develop the policies and investment to speed progress and save thousands of lives.
In July 2019, the Government published a ‘green paper’ which set out the bold target to make England smokefree by 2030.
Each devolved nation has its own government that handles public health and have their own plans for reducing smoking rates. In 2013 the Scottish Government committed to a tobacco-free generation by 2034. Only Wales and Northern Ireland have shorter term targets for reducing smoking rates.