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Rishi Sunak considers banning cigarettes for next generation

  • British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is considering implementing measures to prevent the younger generation from purchasing cigarettes, similar to what New Zealand has done. This is part of a consumer-focused drive, which Sunak's team is pushing before the upcoming election.
  • There is a possibility that Sunak might adopt a stricter approach towards smoking, according to Downing Street. This follows the recommendation to gradually raise the smoking age, preventing tobacco sales to individuals born on or after January 1, 2009. If implemented, it would mean that anyone 15 years old and younger will never be able to buy cigarettes by 2026.
  • Health Minister Neil O'Brien, however, suggests that the government's focus should be on helping people quit smoking rather than implementing bans. The government has already initiated several initiatives, such as providing free vape kits and consulting on mandatory cigarette pack inserts, to encourage smoking cessation.
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