1971 ­ First health warning on cigarette packets - voluntary agreement



1974 ­ Smoking peaks with 50% of men and 40% of women classed as regular smokers



1974 ­ Tobacco tax increases 20%



1975 ­ Tar rating displayed on packets and in printed advertising



1984 ­ Smoking levels drop to 36% of men and 32% of women



1985 ­ Smoking banned on Tube



1992 ­ First National Health strategy for England sets target to cut smoking by men and women to no more than 20% by 2000



1997 ­ Labour pledges new control measures including ban on ads and sponsorship



1998 ­ Brussels cuts maximum tar to 12mg



2003 ­ Larger, hard-hitting health warnings on tobacco packs introduced



2007 ­ Age of sale raised from 16 to 18



2008 ­ Picture warnings on cigarette packs to be introduced in October



2008 ­ Primarolo proposes ban on displays