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Question for Department of Health

UIN 57310, tabled on 13 December 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to require local authorities to provide stop smoking services.

Answered on

16 December 2016

The most recent data show that smoking rates among adults and young people are at their lowest ever level. This has been achieved through the implementation of a comprehensive tobacco control strategy, one element of which is the provision of evidence-based stop smoking services. Smoking rates vary considerably across the country and it is right that local councils have the flexibility to consider how best to respond to the unique needs of their local population.