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Can you envision a smoke-free generation?

Better education, new laws and a more health-conscious society have all contributed to helping bring smoking levels in England to the lowest levels ever recorded. 

In 1948, 82% of men in Great Britain smoked. Today just 15.1% of adults in the UK are smokers, marking a huge generational shift.

The Tobacco Control Plan for England 2017 is aiming to push the percentage of adult smokers in the UK to below 12% by 2022, with an aim at creating the first smoke-free generation thereafter.

Charities like Action on Smoking and Health believe with tougher regulation and government funding this could be achieved by 2035.

Can you envision a smoke-free generation? Do you think smoking will one day be banned, and is this a good thing? Share your thoughts in the comments below 

Can you envision a smoke-free generation?

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Bikergran666
20th Jun 2019
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I’m not a smoker, never have been but I do think they have been treated unfairly. After all nicotine is the hardest drug to kick. I was a passive smoker for forty years so I should know. I also think it would be stupid to ban smoking in public places as there is far more pollution coming from cars, industry etc etc....just sayin’ lol
KMB
3rd May 2019
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Having suffered second hand smoke at work and at my mums house, I look forward to a smoke free world.
VeraS
8th Apr 2019
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I finally managed to p[ack up smoking 10 years to go best thing I ever did and never gone back once to which I am very proud of myself. After being with someone who said I would never do it
Retiredyorkie
21st Mar 2019
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No cannot see it every being smoke free generation - like everything else in life its for the individual to decided what they do.
Suze q
17th Mar 2019
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I do not smoke myself but know quite a few who do unfortunately I do not think we will have a smoke free generation the tobacco companies would lose out big time so I think they will do all they can to make sure cigarettes are still bought also the government would lose a lot of revenue too
jentie51
17th Mar 2019
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I neither smoke nor drink alcohol & would dearly love to see a smoke-free generation, plus, if people must drink to at least do so sensibly.
PamelaJM
16th Mar 2019
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Smoking, like drinking, is a choice. No one has the right to dictate by nanny-state brainwashing or skewed "scientific" research what a sensible adult should be able to choose to do. Drinking is a far more dangerous habit and should by rights be equally, if not more, discredited. Unfortunately the lobbyists and politicians do not appear to have the same attitude to the two "vices".
Pauline52
16th Mar 2019
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I think the time will come when tobacco is no longer a problem, but something equally harmful will take its place. Utopia doesn’t exist on earth.
viking
16th Mar 2019
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Walter Raleigh has a lot to answer for !!
SusanneJ5
16th Mar 2019
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We can only hope. My neighbours smoke like chimneys and the smell permeates into my flat. It is awful.
Lady B
16th Mar 2019
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Hospitals need to be more proactive and STOP any smoking within their grounds! This is the ONLY place I come into contact with it! It really isn’t the place to smoke, vape etc etc..it’s a hospital full of sick vunerable people, babies and children! Security needs to step up at such places. Other than that, yes, I do see a smoke free country within 20 years (no one thought smoking would ever be banned in pubs now did they?)
jeanmark
17th Mar 2019
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Lady B, how would you suggest hospitals stop people smoking in their grounds? There are notices to say it is a smoke free area but people choose to ignore these. In addition, would you want to tell a grieving relative they were not allowed to smoke? Security. like most staff, have been cut and have enough of a problem dealing with security issues inside the buildings. I am in no way condoning smoking on the premises but it is a near impossible task to cover every area of hospital grounds looking for smokers. I think all staff have a enough problem just trying to care for patients.
MelanieG7
16th Mar 2019
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The change in attitude to smoking has had an incredible effect. I hope that one day no one will want to smoke.
Munsterlander
14th Mar 2019
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We should ban all fags immediately. they are probably killing more people than cars and wars combined-horrid old fashioned habit. The youngsters do not seem to indulge so much and good on them.
Lesliebax
16th Mar 2019
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A total ban would not eradicate smoking it would just make it move underground .
DianaWilliamson
19th Mar 2019
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Not2grey
14th Mar 2019
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I would hope so. Having seen my Dad killed by a massive heart attack aged 59 brought on by him smoking 40plus cigarettes since he was a lad .
Unfortunately the Tobacco companies pay lobbyist who lobby governments not to ban them.
Personally I would ban cigarettes and E cigarettes too .I am fed up of being kippered running the gauntlet when trying to get into buildings where the entrance is surrounding by people puffing away .
Lesley Watkin
17th Mar 2019
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Then ban alcohol too as I cannot stand smelling old beer on people's breath when out and about.
Not2grey
19th Mar 2019
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Yep that would work for me too .
Alicia
14th Mar 2019
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No,not really! There are a lot of people puffing those E-cigarettes though !!!
viking
14th Mar 2019
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This debate is beginning to smack of hypocrisy. Moving the smoke free from the UK but instead moving and increasing cigarette sales to the developing and 3rd world countries seems OK for the industry [still trying to convince the public that smoking is not harmful ?] and therefore safeguard their profits.
ElisabethR
13th Mar 2019
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Most of my friends have stopped smoking so its easy to see a time coming whenwe dont use cigaretts any more BUT will it become an underground axtivity? The tobacco companies wont like it. Already they areselling in great quantities to 3rd world countries and would they ever convince those countries for whom its almost an olympic sport to abandon it? Places like the continent. Always amuses me. Am not fanatically against it. Gave up a long time ago but CAN remember how i enjoyed it.
jeanmark
13th Mar 2019
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ElisabethR, surely it will only become an underground activity if made illegal. and at the moment too much tax is received to do that! As to developing countries, I'm afraid they have been selling to these areas for a very long time, in particular to poor areas where it is believed it acts as an appetite suppressant. However, I do believe that many younger people have no desire to take up the habit and therefore it may die a natural death in developed countries.
ElisabethR
13th Mar 2019
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Daft isn't it when you write something you KNOW what you mean but the other person is not a mind reader. I know the tobacco companies have been selling to third world countries for years but am assured they have stepped up over the last few. Am informed by people working with the needy out there. Also I think t would have been clearer if I had used the words 'clandestine activity'. Already some of my friends who enjoy the odd cigarette are hiding the fact. Mind you, it means they smoke fewer!
jeanmark
13th Mar 2019
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Thank you ElisabethR for clarifying your meaning. I suppose that is the difficulty with the written word, we assume the message we have sent is the one that is received. Its appears that we both agree on the subject of smoking!
Lionel
12th Mar 2019
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Laudible I'm sure.

For my money these well meaning types would be better a much more aggressive problem, one destroying our society at it's heart.

Illegal drugs.

But, of course, it's in the very nature of a government bureaucracy to turn a blind eye to the difficult things and claim victory for the easier, glitzier matters. Get's a better press.
Wilf
12th Mar 2019
2
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Yes as less and less people are smoking. None of my kids have ever smoked and most of their friends all in 20s and 30s don't either as its anti social and is harmful. I used to smoke until my mid 20s-Marlboro with a pint of Guinness and a packet of crisps=heaven...but I realized the fags weer bad for my health so I gave them up. In 100 years time people will look back and wonder why on earth we lit cigarettes up especially indoors!
viking
12th Mar 2019
4
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Sounds like utopia and would offer better health all round.
However by doing this the Government would lose a large slice of their tax revenue.
This massive reduction in tax receipts so far, has resulted in the savage cut backs in the amount Government sends to councils and various other dependencies.

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