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.
Tobacco Products Directive
In February 2014 the European Parliament approved the Tobacco Products Directive, aiming to make smoking less appealing to young people. Measures include putting health warnings on two thirds of the pack, front and back; banning small packs and some flavours; and tighter controls on the sale of e-cigarettes.
The rules will now need to be approved by the European Council before they enter into force.
Find out more about the Tobacco Products Directive