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Senior doctors and anti-smoking campaigners have told Sky News they are working towards making the UK a no smoking nation within the next 20 years.

Leading specialist Professor John Britton has called on the Government to back the goal, describing it as entirely realistic.

"Andrew Lansley could make himself a legacy greater than that of almost any other Health Secretary in history," Professor Britton, who chairs the Royal College of Physicians Tobacco Advisory Group, said.

"I think it will be entirely realistic for all practical purposes to eradicate smoking within 20 years."

Although smoking rates are falling, each year it kills around 100,000 people, while 200,000 children and young people take up the habit.

Smoking is estimated to cost the NHS in England alone £2.7bn per year, with the cost to society as a whole estimated to be £13.74bn.

In the North East, which has successfully reduced the number of adults who smoke from 24.2% in 2009 to 21.5% in 2011, the goal of a smoke-free UK within two decades is being actively promoted by Fresh, the regional office for tobacco control.

"Our vision is to make smoking history for our children in the next 20 years and we know there are millions out there that back this," Ailsa Rutter, the organisation's chief executive, said.

Campaigners say they are not pushing for a ban, but want to make cigarettes more expensive, less well advertised and too socially unacceptable for most people to continue smoking.

Proposals to reduce the desirability of tobacco by forcing the industry to sell it in unbranded packaging are being assessed by the Government.

The Department of Health says it has an "open mind" about the idea, which is fiercely opposed by the tobacco industry.

UK campaigners have been spurred on by initiatives elsewhere, including attempts in Australia to make it illegal to sell tobacco to anyone born after the year 2000.

Ms Rutter said public opinion has changed in recent years and that she believes the tide is turning against smoking.

"We really can push further," she said. "We can make smoking history, and I do truly believe that it's the right thing to do."

Her vision is supported by Dr Chris Stenton, consultant chest physician at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary

He said: "I do look forward to the time when no one will smoke - 20 years or 30 years - but thereabouts."
http://news.sky.com/story/979382/uk-...nation-by-2032

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Re: UK Could Be A 'No Smoking Nation' By 2032

i think we discussed this once on this site few years ago, and i still feel the same way now, it will never be eradicated, even if it becomes illegal or banned, it would just go underground like weed did

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Yeah i agree.

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this thread , made me smoke two cigs.

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Now I need to watch some British Porn. Something with Proper British accents, spots of tea, and fighting the system turn me on

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aiming for 2025 in NZ

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Re: UK Could Be A 'No Smoking Nation' By 2032

I wish it was here in the US now!

I always believed it should only be allowed in private homes and cemetaries. I have respiratory issues and they stink!

I hated coming home from clubs in the early morning hours and reeking. Had to wash my hair to go to sleep! Nasty!

It and coffee give some people the worst breath!

When I watch old tv shows and movies, everyone smoked and drank. Every house had a full bar and ashtrays all over! They all looked 20-20 years or so older than their stated ages.

I was surprised when NY went non-smoking before NJ and PA, pleasantly so.

If you smoke and don't have breathing problems, you won't get it. You get a nasty film on your car windows and walls in your house.

The humidity is very bad, too, for some of us. I want to smack smokers when they are puffing away in the hot, humid weather.

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Way to go indeed. In addition to smoking, please "eradicate" drinking and guns. Yeah. And don't forget sex, drugs and rock-n-roll.

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Re: UK Could Be A 'No Smoking Nation' By 2032

Sorry but smoking would never be banned in the UK for one simple reason.... The government accumulate far too much tax that goes towards other avenues in government plans... If they banned smoking etc, imagine how much tax they would lose out on per year... (googles smoking tax) Around £10 billion per year TAX goes to the government... would you ban it if you was getting that sort of revenue?

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