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A new survey from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and Cancer Research UK finds that achieving the Government’s target of reaching a smokefree England by 2030 is threatened by a lack of funding for tobacco control.

As a result of the cuts, a third of local authorities (31%) no longer provide a specialist stop smoking service, with three quarters (74%) of all local authorities citing pressure on budgets as a threat to their tobacco work. These year-on-year cuts meant that total local authority spending on vital stop smoking services and tobacco control declined by 36% between 2014/15 and 2018/19.