The UK risks becoming a harm reduction country only for the wealthy

March 05, 2024 by

The UK risks becoming a harm reduction country only for the wealthy

The UK government, led by PM Rishi Sunak, plans to raise taxes on vaping and cigarettes, causing concern among consumers. The World Vapers’ Alliance criticizes the move, warning it could harm smokers' health and worsen inequalities. Evidence shows smoking rates are higher among lower-income groups. Proposed bans on vaping products may encourage black market activities. The Alliance calls for a balanced approach focusing on public health and helping smokers switch to safer alternatives.

12.90% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 7.2 million current smokers in United Kingdom 14.60% of men are current smokers but only 11.20% of women.



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