New statistics released by the Office of National Statistics show that there are now 2 million fewer smokers in Britain than in 2011. Cumulative interventions from the smoking ban to plain packaging have helped to contribute to the decrease.
There has been an increase in people using e-cigarettes to help come off smoking traditional cigarettes. The long terms impact of this is still unknown. Public Health England is proactively promoting it as an alternative to smoking but many fear that it may become a gateway drug for younger people to start using other forms of tobacco. Other forms of tobacco such as chewed tobacco and shisha are also of concern to pockets in the country.
Public Health England Chief Duncan Selbie described the UK as “tantalisingly close to creating the first-ever smokefree generation.”