David Nuttall is Member of Parliament for Bury North. Follow David on Twitter.
Even despite the valiant efforts of Great Britain’s Olympians, good news is in short supply these days, so when it does come along we should do everything in our power to nurture it and help it grow. This is particularly true when the news in question involves weaning future generations off smoking, alcohol and drug abuse.
A recent publication by the Health and Social Care Information Centre on smoking, alcohol and drug use among young people in England revealed that in 2011, 25 per cent of children said they had smoked at some time, compared to a shocking 53 per cent in 1982.
We now have the lowest percentage of children saying they have smoked since these annual reports were first published. The number of 15 year olds regularly smoking was 11 per cent which is lower than the target announced in the Government’s 2011 Tobacco Control Plan.