<iframe src="//www.googletagmanager.com/ns.html?id=GTM-KB25DC" height="0" width="0" style="display:none;visibility:hidden"> Ask your MP to Act on Smoking

Ask your MP to tackle cancer inequalities in your area.  

If everyone had the same cancer incidence rates as the most wealthy, there would be around 22,000 fewer cancer cases each year in UK. 

So what can your MP do?  

Tackle a key driver of that inequality. Smoking.   

Amidst the current cost of living crisis, smoking continues to pull our most disadvantaged communities further into poverty by costing them billions each year. 

Party Conference season is just around the corner – with the Labour Conference just a matter of weeks away. Email your MP today to make sure they see your message in time and ask them to find out how your constituency's cancer rates compare nationally, and what they can do about it. 

Please note that the Cancer Research UK team will only be attending the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences, if you have an MP from another party you can still ask them to help beat cancer by asking them to pledge to help make the UK smokefree. Fill out your details on this page to email your MP. 

Smoking is still the biggest cause of cancer in the UK.

Many factors impact the likelihood of whether someone takes up smoking, or is able to quit. However, it's clear that when governments take action smoking rates go down. Just look at the impact of things like the smoking ban in indoor public places and health warnings on cigarette packs. Over the years though, the effectiveness of these measures can decrease.

That’s why we’re campaigning for the UK Government to do more prevent more young people from starting to smoke, and to provide more funding to support people to quit.

Almost 9 in 10 people who smoke report they took up smoking before the age of 21. By restricting the ability of younger people to buy tobacco products, there may be potential to reduce uptake and protect young people from smoking into adulthood. That’s why we’re calling for the UK Government to take more action to prevent people from starting to smoke, starting a public consultation on raising the age of sale of tobacco, as well as presenting a timetable for how they will go about doing so.

We also need to help the around 7.5 million people across the UK who already smoke. To prevent more cancers, the UK Government must also fund public health campaigns and stop smoking services to help people stop smoking. Whilst the majority of people who smoke want to stop, they need support to do so and these services provide the best chance of stopping. If the UK Government cannot pay for this, the tobacco industry – not the taxpayer – should be made to foot the bill, with no influence on how the funding is spent.

By meeting with Cancer Research UK your MP can find out more about what they can do to bring down smoking rates across the country and create a smokefree nation.

To beat cancer we must go smokefree – reaching the point where less than 5% of people across the UK smoke.

Millions of lives are in their hands. It’s time we lose the tobacco for good.

Make sure your message is heard. Share why preventing cancer is important to you and we’ll add it into your email to your MP.  

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