Denmark mulls cigarette sale ban for subsequent generations

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Picture displaying a lit cigarette — Unsplash/ Andres Siimon
  • “Our hope is that every one individuals born in 2010, later won’t ever begin smoking or utilizing nicotine-based merchandise”, says well being minister
  • Says “If obligatory, we’re able to ban the sale (of those merchandise) to this era by progressively elevating the age restrict.”
  • Presently, Danes should be 18 years previous to purchase cigarettes or e-cigarettes.

COPENHAGEN: Denmark unveiled plans on Tuesday to make sure that future generations are tobacco-free, and is contemplating banning the sale of cigarettes and different nicotine merchandise to anybody born after 2010.

“Our hope is that every one individuals born in 2010 and later won’t ever begin smoking or utilizing nicotine-based merchandise”, Well being Minister Magnus Heunicke advised reporters.

“If obligatory, we’re able to ban the sale (of those merchandise) to this era by progressively elevating the age restrict,” he stated.

Presently, Danes should be 18 years previous to purchase cigarettes or e-cigarettes.

Based on the well being ministry, round 31% of 15-to-29-year-olds smoke.

Smoking is the primary explanation for most cancers within the Nordic nation of 5.eight million individuals and is answerable for 13,600 deaths per yr.

A ballot commissioned by the Danish Most cancers Society confirmed that 64% of individuals surveyed have been in favour of the Danish authorities’s plan, and 67% amongst these aged 18-34.

New Zealand, in December, introduced a pioneering plan to ban the sale of tobacco by progressively elevating the age restrict as of 2027.

In Denmark, the Social Democratic authorities stated it additionally plans to deal with youths’ alcohol consumption.

It is going to increase the authorized age for purchases of drinks containing lower than 16.5%  alcohol from 16 to 18.

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