Written statement – Lynne Neagle MS, Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Well-being
Following the publication of my written statement on 29 January 2024 confirming plans for a new Tobacco and Vapes Bill to create a smoke-free generation and prevent youth vaping, I am today publishing the first annual report for the Welsh Government’s A Smoke-free Wales strategy.
The strategy sets out our ambition for Wales to be smokefree by 2030, which means achieving a tobacco smoking prevalence rate of 5% or less in adults over the age of 16. Achieving a smokefree Wales will improve lives by preventing smoking related illnesses and deaths and support a healthier, more equal Wales for all.
As part of the strategy, the Welsh Government committed to publishing a series of two-year delivery plans, setting out our actions as we work towards a smoke-free Wales. We also committed in the strategy to continuously monitor and evaluate the delivery plan’s actions and publish annual progress reports to ensure progress remains on track.
To read the full statement please select the following link: Written Statement: “Towards a Smoke-free Wales Tobacco Control Delivery Plan 2022-24” Annual Report for the period July 2022 - July 2023 (2 February 2024) | GOV.WALES