When Will England’s Last Cigarette be Smoked
Scientists Reveal when and where England’s Last Cigarette will be Smoked!
England will be ‘smoke free’ by 2050 and the last cigarette will be smoked in Derby, scientists have predicted. If the current decline in smoking continues, England is on track to have zero smokers in 30 years, according to the new research. At the moment, 7.4 million people in England have yet to kick the habit.
Increased use of NHS services to help people quit as well as the popularity of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco will contribute to the decline. According to the Mirror, Bristol will become the first city to quit by having no smokers after 2024.
York and Wokingham are set to go cigarette free in 2026. The predictions in the study, commissioned by tobacco firm Philip Morris and conducted by analysts Frontier Economics, were based on employment, income, education and health data. In 1990, almost a third of British adults smoked, but that figure has halved to around 15 per cent since then. Public Health England wants to encourage more smokers to take up vaping.
Mark MacGregor, UK Corporate Affairs Director of PML, said: ‘There are more alternative options than ever to help people give up cigarettes for good.’
The research found major divides in the predicted rate of decline in different parts of the country, but predicts nearly a quarter of England will have stopped smoking before 2030. Deprived areas have a higher rate of smokers, the study found, with the three areas with the highest rates of smoking Kingston upon Hull, Blackpool and North Lincolnshire.
Researchers have previously said that the decision to remove cigarettes from display in shops played an ‘important role in reducing child smokers’. The UK Government made it illegal to have cigarettes on show on the shelf in 2015 in a crackdown on smoking.
Scientists said the number of children who have bought cigarettes from a shop since the ban has dropped by 17 per cent. Researchers from Imperial College London quizzed 18,000 children over how often they smoke and where they get cigarettes from. Just 40 per cent of children who smoked in 2016 bought their cigarettes in shops – down from 57 per cent in 2010, the study showed.