Department of Health figures show a fall of 1.2 million in the number of smokers in England since 1998. Figures in the General Household Survey show that there has been a reduction of 400,000 smokers within the last year.
Financial penalties are being lifted from high-profile standards including cancer and elective waiting times, so far without attracting much attention. How is this happening? And will it work, asks Rob Findlay
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