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NICE redoubles efforts to reduce harm from alcohol, smoking and physical inactivity

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued three new quality standards to encourage healthy living and reduce harm from smoking, alcohol and physical inactivity in local areas.

Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at NICE, said: “In England, smoking, excessive drinking and physical inactivity cause too many deaths and too much disease. They cost taxpayers, through the NHS, over £7 billion every year.

“There are areas where we can make improvements. We can help the NHS and local authorities to take action in their local area and educate younger people so that healthy choices become a life-long habit. These new quality standards include interventions to help people of all ages so we can continue to improve the health of the nation.”
The quality standards include specific actions that can be used at a local level to help prevent harmful alcohol use, reduce tobacco use and encourage people to be more physically active.