The MHF has welcomed the government's Tobacco Plan launched on National No Smoking Day.
The Forum is part of the Smokefree Coalition who described the Plan as 'a strong document which builds on the previous government’s strategy launched before the election last year. It sends a strong signal to Council Health and Wellbeing Boards that tackling smoking needs to be top of their agenda'
The Plan says very clearly that 'comprehensive tobacco control is more than just providing local stop smoking services or enforcing smokefree legislation' and contains a strong commitment to changing social norms around smoking.
However, the Coalition was disappointed that the government is putting back implementation of the legislation to prohibit display of tobacco in large shops by April 2012 and small shops by April 2015. The government has also failed to commit to plain packaging, going no further than announcing a consultation on the measure.
MHF CEO Peter Baker said: 'we very much welcome the Plan but would like to see greater recognition of the gender differences, as well as other inequalities, around smoking when the Plan is implemented. The Forum is ready to help do this.
'We know men remain less likely to take part in smoking cessation programmes and in some social groups men remain more likely to smoke than women. We need specific strategies to address these inequalities.'
Key elements of the Tobacco Plan include:
There is also a chapter (chapter 10) on protecting tobacco policies from the vested interests of the tobacco industry.
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