In late February I tested Policy Lab’s new ‘Government as a System’ toolkit at the UK Policy Profession’s annual Policy Excellence Group. It was our first opportunity to expose Policy Lab’s latest tool for systems change with some of the most senior UK policy officials.
Smoking rates in England have fallen very little since 2007. Cancer Research UK reports that smoking kills more people than road accidents, overdoses, murder, suicides and HIV combined – by a factor of five. Smoking is also a major contributor to health inequalities – accounting for around half of the excess risk of premature deaths between the highest and lowest socio-economic groups.