Health leaders hail landmark bill to end smoking in a generation

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Public health leaders in Yorkshire and the Humber are applauding the introduction of the Tobacco and Nicotine Bill, calling it a "game-changer" with the potential to eradicate smoking within a generation.

The Bill, unveiled today, aims to dramatically reduce smoking rates by prohibiting the sale of tobacco products (including cigarettes, cigars, and e-cigarettes) to anyone born on or after January 1, 2009. This ensures anyone under 15 in 2024 will never legally purchase tobacco, even as adults.

“We want all children to grow up to be healthy and happy – growing up without the risk of being addicted to tobacco is a massive opportunity to create not just a smokefree generation but to enhance the long-term health and wellbeing of our communities.”

Cllr Maureen Cummings

Cabinet Member for Communities, Poverty and Health

Cllr Maureen Cummings

Smoking remains a significant public health challenge in the UK, causing serious illnesses and premature deaths. Data shows most smokers begin as teenagers. While vaping can aid smoking cessation, it carries its own risks.

Health leaders emphasise protecting children from the dangers of tobacco use. By implementing preventative measures like smoking cessation support and addressing youth vaping, we can make significant progress towards a smoke-free future.

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