Cigarettes to cost £15 by 2020
Monday, 27 July 2015 | Admin
Smoking has long been considered the primary cause of preventable illness and premature death, yet it accounts for almost 100,000 deaths a year in the UK. With quality of life drastically reduced, smoking can cause lung cancer, respiratory disease and heart disease.
Smoking is increasingly under scrutiny and The World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated that the global yearly death toll is currently 6 million, including those exposed to second-hand smoke. WHO have claimed that smoking will take the lives of 7 million by 2020 and more than 8 million by 2030.
The UK in particular has implemented many laws to slowly but surely eradicate smoking due to the devastating health effects. Having banned smoking indoors, this October smokers will be prohibited from smoking in their own cars, in a move to reduce second-hand smoke as well as covering smoking cabinets in supermarkets.
So what’s next?
Cigarettes and tobacco is already hugely expensive and eats up the monthly salary of many without noticing! The price of a packet of 20 cigarettes could now reach £15 by 2020, in a huge push to cut down the number of cancer patients. Tobacco remains the main risk factor for those with cancer, followed closely by obesity. This new measure is part of six health priorities noted in a report by the Independent Cancer Taskforce, set up by NHS England earlier this year. The five-year plan is to focus on prevention and early diagnosis, hoping to save the lives of 30,000 each year. The £2billion project is to reduce the number of cancer patients and ensure more and more people are educated against the threat of smoking.
A packet of cigarettes currently costs around £9.60 on average and with a significant number of people smoking in the UK, around 280,000 people were diagnoses with cancer in England 2013-14 and is expected to increase by 30% in the next 15 years.
NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens has pledged that the organisation will be everything to support the measures recommended in the report commenting:
It is currently claimed that the estimated cost of cancer is expected to double to £13billion in the next five years.
Take a look at some of the recommendations from the report:
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