Lung specialists welcome ‘bold’ Tobacco Control Plan as major step forward

The Chair of the British Thoracic Society’s Board of Trustees welcomed the Government’s Tobacco Control Plan on Tuesday 18 July, calling it a ‘bold plan to tackle the number one cause of premature death in England.’

Dr Lisa Davies, Consultant Respiratory Physician at University Hospital Aintree NHS Foundation Trust, said:

‘Today’s Plan is hugely welcomed by all of us working in lung health – we have long campaigned for this day. 

‘It is well known that smoking is the number one cause of preventable illness and premature death in England and it’s vital we give people who smoke support to quit to help improve their quality of life and life chances.

‘In particular, we are delighted to see the Government’s commitment to providing access to training for all health professionals on smoking cessation and to supporting the delivery of a truly smoke-free NHS by 2020.  Our research shows that currently fewer than 1 in 10 hospital patients who smoke are offered help to quit - a real missed opportunity given that a quarter of hospital patients currently smoke. 

‘We ask the Government to back its commitment to a smoke-free generation with adequate funding to ensure the excellent intentions of this Plan are followed through.  We look forward to being part of the continued efforts to help support people to be tobacco-free.’  

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The British Thoracic Society is the UK’s professional body of respiratory specialists. The Society seeks to improve standards of care for people who have respiratory diseases and to support and develop those who provide that care.  A registered charity,  it has over 3,000 members including doctors, nurses, respiratory physiotherapists, scientists and other professionals with a respiratory interest.  For more information, go to