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The path to a smoke-free England by 2030

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 17 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m518

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Re: The path to a smoke-free England by 2030

Dear Editor,

Smoking is addictive and harmful, but it is enjoyable, addictive and remains one of the major industries.

Raising the age of sale of Tobacco from 16 to 18 in 2007, is at best a half hearted attempt in tackling the Tobacco epidemic.

Smoking related harm is duration dependent, damage begins to manifest itself after about 10 years of its use, with people becoming addicted much sooner.

Lots of resources are used in tackling the ill effects of smoking in younger and middle aged people.

The joys of smoking should be reserved for the elderly and retired, there is need to make smoking socially unacceptable for anyone under the age of 65.

The age of sale for tobacco should be raised to 65: that will help people enjoy their retirement and will satisfy the need of Industry too.

Competing interests: No competing interests

26 March 2020
Nikhil Kaushik
Consultant Ophthalmologist
Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Wrexham
Croesnewydd Road, Wrexham LL13 7TD