Under Sajid Javid’s radical plans to reduce the number of Britons who smoke to just five percent by 2030, legal smoking age could increase to 21.

  • Sajid Javid ordered a radical review that could see the legal smoking age rise to 21.
  • It is hoped that by 2030 the proportion of Britons who smoke will be reduced to 5%.
  • To fund the quitting support program, additional taxes may be required for giants of tobacco. 

Sajid Javid has outlined radical measures to increase the legal age for smoking to 21, and to limit smokers to five percent of Britons by 2030.

Independent review was requested by the Health Secretary to examine the tobacco industry. The report is likely to suggest a raise in the purchase age and tax increases for profits.

Sources say it is possible that the NHS promotes vapes and e-cigarettes more than usual. 

Smoking has decreased since 1974, with around 15 per cent of the population smoking in 2019. That year, the Government set a target of becoming smoke-free by 2030

The percentage of people who smoke has dropped since 1974. Since 1974, smoking has declined. In 2019, around 15 percent of people smoked.

The legal smoking age could rise to 21 under 'radical' plans from Sajid Javid to cut the number of smokers to just five per cent of Britons by 2030. File image

Sajid Javid’s radical plans to reduce the smoking rate to 5% of Britons in 2030 could see 21-year-old legal age rise. Image

While most studies show that vaping causes less harm than smoking, the long-term effects of vaping remain unclear. 

Javed Kan, who previously supported the taxation of tobacco companies to pay for anti-smoking programs, is overseeing this review.

This could include a levy on companies that make £700 million each year, used to fund quitting support and e-cigarettes on the NHS. 

According to a source, the former Barnardo CEO took a radical stance during meetings regarding the review. 

According to multiple sources, the paper reports that the recommendation for an increase in the age limit was made by several people close to the health secretary.

The possibility of raising it from 18-21 was possible, but there were considerations for 25.

A Downing Street source said that Boris Johnson might not believe the age should rise, as 18 is the legal age for legal responsibility.

The report is also likely to suggest the NHS does more to promote e-cigarettes and vapes to smokers. File image

It is possible that this report will also suggest that the NHS promotes e-cigarettes more than vapes for smokers. Click image

The Government established a goal to be smoke-free in 2030. It is a target of eliminating smoking from the lives of just five percent of adult smokers, and not complete eradication. 

Telegraph was told by a source that Tory backbenchers worry about the upcoming ‘nanny-state attack’ on their smoking habits.

“Sajid Javid’s interest in health inequality is reflected in his desire to tackle public health issues. However, the Government remains in contempt of right-leaning MPs.”

The report is likely to be used by Mr Javid to advocate for reform in the industry.

Prior to the Government announcing any new policies, it will consult the report’s suggestions.