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Armed Forces: Smoking

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 73746, tabled on 12 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which other Government departments were consulted before the publication of the Defence Smoke-free Working Environment Directive by his Department.

Answered on

22 November 2021

Defence is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for its personnel. This includes protecting personnel from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke and supporting those personnel who want to give up smoking. As at 1 April 2020, 18% of the Armed Forces were recorded as smokers; although smoking prevalence is falling, it is still higher than the UK population of 14.1%.

Officials in the Ministry of Defence routinely consult with colleagues in the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to ensure that Defence health and wellbeing policies are consistent with DHSC policies. Defence aims to reduce smoking prevalence by implementing a Defence Smoke-Free Working Environment by 2022.