Tobacco displays to be banned to prevent children smoking

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 10 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2983
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Shops in England and Wales are to be banned from displaying cigarette and tobacco products to reduce impulse purchases. And age restrictions are to be placed on the use of vending machines to try to prevent children from starting smoking.

    However, proposals to ban branding on tobacco products and to restrict cigarette sales to packets of 20 will not feature in the Health Bill, which will come before parliament in the next session.

    Alan Johnson, health secretary, said, “Enticing multicoloured displays encourage young people to start smoking—we must put a stop to this. Smoking is a habit which is hard to break and causes 87 000 deaths a year in England alone.

    “Protecting children from smoking is …

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