Policy and progress
We are calling on the government to make the UK tobacco free by 2035, but there remains some way to go.
One in five adults still smokes, and it continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and hospital admissions.
Nonetheless, recent gains have been made, with bans on cigarette vending machines and laws against smoking in public places.
Plain packaging in England and Wales
The BMA has long been calling for the standardised packaging of tobacco products.
We successfully lobbied for Parliament to legislate for standardised packaging to be introduced without the need for further primary legislation through the Children and Families Act.
We are encouraged that the government has now announced that it will put regulations on the standardised packaging of tobacco to a vote in Parliament before the general election.
We will continue to lobby MPs before the vote in the Commons.