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UK to ban cigarettes altogether? Prime Minister Sunak has a plan

UK to ban cigarettes altogether? Prime Minister Sunak has a plan

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Weronika Paliczka,
05.10.2023 14:15

The vision of a tobacco-free generation is being rolled out by the UK government. Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister of the UK, has come up with a proposal that will ensure that generation to come will not be able to legally buy cigarettes.

Smoking and the diseases associated with it are increasingly coming up at government meetings around the world. This time, Prime Minister of the UK Rishi Sunak has taken up the cause. His idea could be a breakthrough in Europe.

Teenagers will never taste a cigarette

According to the bill proposed by the Prime Minister, children born after 1 January 2009 would not be able to legally buy cigarettes for the rest of their lives. The plan is to raise next generations without them ever smoking tobacco at all.

Those born before 2009 will continue to be able to purchase cigarettes legally. The proposed law will be put to a vote in parliament, where MPs were promised a "free vote" meaning they can oppose them without fear of being disciplined, The Sun reports. Significantly, the ban on the sale of cigarettes to those born after 2009 is only expected to apply in England and therefore will exclude Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland for the time being. The act of smoking itself will not be criminalised.

The end of flavoured vapes

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is also considering regulating the packaging and flavours of disposable vapes. The reason for this decision is that colourful packaging and interesting flavours mainly attract children and teenagers.

Source: Money Control, The Sun

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