Ramped up support to help smokers quit, including the prescribing of vapes, could see the UK’s smoking rate halve within the next five to 10 years, a new report has suggested.
Meanwhile, the implementation of a sugar and salt reformulation tax, as well as efforts to make healthy foods more affordable and a mandatory calorie reduction target for the food industry, could mean four million people avoid becoming obese.
These are the suggestions in a new report led by public services expert Lord Filkin – flanked by other experts and the King’s Fund think tank – which argued poor health of the nation costs almost £16bn a year.
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