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.
Progress in European Parliament
In October 2013, the European Parliament passed a draft law to make tobacco products 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 BMA's European Office was been working with a number of UK MEPs, including the Tobacco Products Directive lead Linda McAvan, to ensure that proposals reflect the BMA's public health concerns.
Find out more about the EU draft law