Thérèse Coffey to drop smoking action plan, insiders say

The Guardian reports that ministers are expected to break a promise to announce an action plan to tackle smoking, in their latest controversial U-turn on public health.

The government had committed several times to publish a tobacco control plan “later this year”. However, the health secretary, Thérèse Coffey, does not intend to honour that promise, according to officials with knowledge of her intentions.

Coffey, who is also the deputy prime minister, smokes and has previously accepted hospitality from the tobacco industry. Since becoming an MP in 2010 she has voted in the Commons against an array of measures to restrict smoking, including the ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces, the outlawing of smoking in cars containing children and forcing cigarettes to be sold in plain packs.

Full story in The Guardian, 11 October 2022