Skip to main content

Blog Policy Lab

Civil Service

Stopping smoking through payment by results

Posted by: , Posted on: - Categories: Examples and findings

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.