UK tobacco control plans


The Tobacco Control Plan for England, Smoke-free generation: tobacco control plan for England was published in 2017 and will last until 2022.

The objectives of the tobacco control plan are to:

  • reduce the number of 15 year olds who regularly smoke from 8% to 3% or less
  • reduce smoking among adults in England from 15.5% to 12% or less
  • reduce the inequality gap in smoking prevalence, between those in routine and manual occupations and the general population
  • reduce the prevalence of smoking in pregnancy from 10.7% to 6% or less

​A new plan beyond 2022 is expected to be published.

As part of the Tobacco Control Plan, the NHSE&I Long Term Plan Tobacco Dependency Project will bring increased investment to tackle tobacco dependency within acute, mental health and maternity services.

This will provide improvements in health, reduce health inequalities, and decrease the demand on services by reducing the number of smoking related admissions and readmissions.

This slide deck sets out both the clinical and business cases for change, and describes the recommended delivery models to roll out an in-house opt-out tobacco dependency service provision.


The tobacco control strategy for Wales: A Smoke-Free Wales: Our long term Tobacco Control Strategy and Towards a Smoke-free Wales delivery plan 2022 to 2024: next steps following consultation and engagement was updated on 26 July 2022. 

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland published a ten year tobacco control strategy in 2012, which is due to end soon.


The Scottish Tobacco Control Plan `Raising Scotland's tobacco-free generation: our tobacco control action plan` was published in 2018 and will run until 2023.​

Respiratory Care - Action Plan: 2021 - 2026 - The respiratory care action plan for Scotland sets out our vision for driving improvement in the prevention, diagnosis, care, treatment and support of people living with respiratory conditions.