To decrease the number of smoking related cancer, people need to change their smoking habits, an expert has stated.
Amanda Sandford, research manager at Action on Smoking and Health, said that if people continued to smoke in their homes then not only will they increase their own risk of cancer, but it will also have a detrimental impact on the health of their family members.
She explained that the move to prevent individuals smoking indoors in public places had helped to reduce the number of smoking-related heart attacks, but a further effort was needed to tackle cancer.
Ms Sandford said people were primarily exposed in the home and "what is needed is more ongoing health mass media campaigns to alert people to the dangers of passive smoke".
Last week, the government announced that a public consultation regarding tobacco packaging which had been scheduled for the end of 2011 had been postponed to spring next year.