The UK government recently revealed smoking rates across different regions, with Northeast Lincolnshire having the second highest rate in the Humber area at 19%. Comparatively, North Lincolnshire has a lower rate of 13.8%.
In light of these statistics, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has proposed a phased ban on smoking to protect children’s health. The government received over 12,000 responses to its consultation on measures to restrict e-cigarette use and prohibit tobacco sales to those under 14.
Sunak stressed the importance of the ban for future healthcare cost savings and outcomes. The city of Hull already dedicates significant funding to smoking cessation, with the council receiving over £70 million from the government, more than double current levels.
Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty emphasized the health risks of smoking and potential impacts of a wider ban. Sunak also noted the ban’s importance for reducing costs for the National Health Service.