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RCP welcomes Tobacco and Vapes Bill in King's speech

Responding to today's King's speech, Professor Sanjay Agrawal, the RCP's special adviser on tobacco, said: 

“We welcome the Tobacco and Vapes Bill confirmed today in the King’s speech to create a smoke-free generation by raising the age of sale of tobacco and reducing the allure and availability of e-cigarettes for children.

“Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and illness in the UK. The RCP has long called for measures to curb the significant health risks posed by tobacco consumption. This prevention-first approach will pay dividends for future generations as we look to improve public health, reduce demand on the NHS, tackle health inequalities and create a more prosperous society.”

Notes to editors

  • The RCP previously called for measures designed to limit the appeal of vaping products to children, including price increases for disposable vaping products, restrictions on naming flavours, and the use of plain packaging.
  • The RCP's Smoking and Health 2021 report recommended restoring mass media campaign funding and opt-out smoking cessation services at any point of NHS contact.