The government hopes to eradicate smoking from Britain by 2030, according to leaked documents obtained by the Daily Mail.
The newspaper claims that health secretary Matt Hancock will announce the target when he presents his ‘vision for prevention’ Green Paper next week.
Ministers will also target black market cigarettes and leaflets advising smokers on how to quit will added to tobacco packets, according to the Mail.
The government reportedly believes that tobacco companies should be forced to foot the bill of helping smokers quit. This could include helping people switch to e-cigarettes.
The plans reportedly states:
“The gains in tobacco control have been hard-won, and there’s still much to do.
“For the 15% of adults who are not yet smoke-free, smoking is the leading cause of ill-health and early death, and a major cause of inequalities. That’s why the Government wants to finish the job.”
The Department of Health declined to comment on the leak.
England’s smoking rate has dropped by around a quarter over the past five years. However, there is wide disparity across the UK, with as many as 35 percent of adults in deprived areas of Scotland continuing to smoke tobacco.