The True Value of Smoking
The ILC or International Longevity Centre released a new report about an argument on measures to stop smoking that could actually save billions of the UK’s economy. A report on “Up in Smoke” was also released by ILC that emphasizes the price of smoking not only to one’s health but also to the health care system’s sustainability and the public purse.
After all, the Government’s goal is to “come back stronger” from the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the statistical reports released by ILC, the 77, 600 deaths in England each year were directly related to smoking. Over the decades, tobacco use has significantly declined in the UK, but there are still 14.1% of adults who smoke.
As a result, a lot of people who previously smoked are now battling various diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease.
The government of the UK aims to make England smoke-free by 2030. However, the issue is that the budget for smoking cessation, support services, and public education has been significantly eliminated since the UK government is strictly cutting on funding.
Here are the suggestions raised by the ILC to manage anti-smoking campaigns properly:
- The purchasing legal age of tobacco should be raised to 21 years old.
- Increase tobacco tax in the UK per year to reduce the affordability of tobacco.
- A licensing system should be introduced to wholesalers and retailers to lessen the number of illegal markets.