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Health inequalities: Why do people smoke if they know it’s bad for them?

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Health inequalities

For the second instalment in our health inequalities series, we’re looking at what’s behind differences in the causes of smoking.

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Javid’s war on cancer can’t leave people behind

We’ve had plans before. What we need is leadership, commitment and competence. Addressing cancer inequalities and cancer prevention must be central to the plan.

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Opinion: ‘The idea that a tobacco company might profit off my disease appals me’

Hear from a policy manager at Cancer Research UK about what they think about Phillip Morris International’s bid for pharmaceutical company Vectura.

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Smoking among young adults increased by 25% during first lockdown

Researchers also found the number of high-risk drinkers rose by 40%, with over 4.5 million adults classed as ‘high-risk drinkers’ during the first lockdown.

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England: Smoking responsible for twice as many cancers in most deprived groups

Over 11,000 cases of cancer were linked to smoking in the lowest income group, compared to around 6,000 in the highest.

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American tobacco company offers £1bn for UK pharma firm Vectura

Philip Morris International (PMI), the American tobacco company, and maker of Marlboro cigarettes, is buying Vectura, the British respiratory drugs company.

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Opinion: ‘Widening health inequalities in England should be a wake-up call for the Government’

Life expectancy has failed to increase for a decade across England for the first time in 100 years. And cuts to stop smoking services are part of the problem.

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Never too late to quit: protective cells could cut risk of lung cancer for ex-smokers

Protective cells in the lungs of ex-smokers could explain why quitting smoking reduces the risk of developing lung cancer.

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Government says England will be smokefree by 2030. But how will it get there?

The Government proposes some new and old ways to prevent disease.

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Lung cancer deaths in women are increasing globally. It’s a hidden but preventable epidemic

With more women dying from lung cancer than ever before, we need to better understand the links between gender and health.

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