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MPs have revealed plans to eradicate smoking in the UK amid warnings the ‘tobacco epidemic’ will likely kill more people this year than Covid-19.

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Smoking and Health urged the government to commit to the actions needed to ensure the country is smoke-free by 2030.

It highlights comments by Professor Chris Whitty who recently warned that this year and last year will likely have seen more deaths from smoking-related illness than from coronavirus.

The report comes a week after five councils in England banned smoking outside in cafes, pubs and restaurants.