As part of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, money for Stop Smoking Services – and responsibility for running them – now comes from local public health budgets, rather than the NHS. And following the £200 million cuts from these budgets last summer, and a further £331 million being cut over the next five years following the 2015 Spending Review, the picture’s looking a bit bleak.
We’ve been investigating this worrying trend, and yesterday we published our latest findings.
We’re really worried about the future of Stop Smoking Services. But, crucially, we think there could be a way to get those budgets looking healthy again, helping more people quit smoking.
And it comes from making those who’ve inflicted the damage – the tobacco companies – pay for it…
Read more at Cancer Research UK.