Cigarettes are a thing of the past: Britain plans to get rid of tobacco smoke

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 Cigarettes are a thing of the past: Britain plans to get rid of tobacco smoke

A new independent report commissioned by the United Kingdom Department of Health and aimed at implementing the UK Smokefree 2030 plan presents a program to reduce the country's share of smokers from 13.5% to 5% by the end of this decade.

Relevant not only to the UK but also to the US, the report by Javed Khan OBE (MD) offers a set of evidence-based recommendations to accelerate progress, four of which — “critical”. These recommendations serve as benchmarks and models of what can be done more effectively to end the smoking epidemic. In both countries – US and UK, despite historical progress, smoking is still the leading cause of death, especially among the weaker segments of the population. In addition, the report cites an FDA policy to reduce the use of regular cigarettes and authorize 23 brands to sell e-cigarettes based on an assessment that they are “appropriate to protect public health”, providing an alternative to adults who do not quit smoking, and while protecting teenagers from starting to smoke. Along with the recommendations detailed in the report, the FDA continues to promote policies to drastically reduce consumption of regular cigarettes, such as reducing nicotine levels to non-addictive levels and ending the use of menthol in cigarettes.

< strong>Here are the top recommendations:

  1. Increase comprehensive financial investment in smoking cessation activities. The report proposes additional levies on tobacco companies to cover costs.
  2. Raise the selling age of cigarettes by one year each year until no one can legally buy them.
  3. Promote cigarette substitutes and e-cigarettes as a harm reduction tool to help people quit tobacco smoking: “We know that e-cigarettes — they are not a universal remedy and are not completely without risks, but they are an alternative to smoking, which burns tobacco, which is much more harmful to health. with tobacco — they should offer advice and support to smokers to help them quit smoking “in every interaction with health services”, including general practitioners, hospitals, mental health services, midwives, pharmacists, dentists and optometrists.

 Cigarettes are a thing of the past: Britain plans to go smoke-free< /p>In addition, Khan is urging the government to speed up a plan to register e-cigarettes as a medicine (along with continuing to sell them as non-medical consumer products) to help reduce smoking, especially in disadvantaged communities. This step can be useful as a link and to inform about harm reduction options that are only suitable for those who cannot afford to buy e-cigarettes at retail prices.
And what is happening in Israel in this sense? The current policy for smoking alternatives to regular cigarettes, such as e-cigarettes and tobacco heating products, is that they are “like regular cigarettes”; and are subject to all laws and regulations applicable to these products, including high taxes.
The annual smoking report published by the Israeli Ministry of Health shows that the percentage of smokers in Israel has remained unchanged in recent years, at about 20% of the population , while recent estimates by other organizations such as the Tobacco Elimination Initiative and Clalit Health Insurance show that the number of smokers is much higher, hovering around 27%.
It remains to be seen whether our country in the fight against smoking, if it does not give any results, unlike other developed countries, where the proportion of smokers is steadily declining.
The material was prepared by Leonid Zaltsman based on articles published on the website and on the medical website MedPage Today – A Bold U.K. Plan to End the Smoking Epidemic | MedPage Today. And also directly based on the report The Khan review: making smoking obsolete – GOV.UK (

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