In the news: Cigarette ban

Various news reports have recently indicated that purchasing cigarettes could possibly be banned for people born after the year 2000. If put into practice, this ban would mean that the UK could potentially see its first tobacco free generation. One of the main aims of the proposed ban is to stop smoking being seen as normal, and it has been backed by the British Medical Association.

This proposed ban was debated at a recent annual representatives meeting for the British Medical Association. It was argued that the proposed ban was needed as in the 20th century, illnesses related to tobacco have resulted in 100 million deaths.

According to the NHS, smoking is the cause of one in every five deaths for adults over the age of 35. The NHS provides a wealth of advice on the different options available if you’re looking to quit smoking, from electronic cigarettes to skin patches and medication.

According to the news reporting on the British Medical Association’s annual representatives meeting, smoking is something that young people start by choice, and become addicted to in later life. Dr Crocker-Burque commented at the British Medical Association annual representatives meeting on how the majority of smokers - 80% - begin the habit as teenagers.

Although the proposed ban has been reported as controversial, according to statistics the expenditure of smokers has significantly increased since 1980, despite tobacco becoming less affordable.

If you or someone you know are considering giving up smoking, the NHS recommends that you are much more likely to be successful if you do this through the help of the NHS, rather than alone. The NHS Smokefree service provides advice and information regarding the many different ways to quit, including helpful facts and things you’ll notice as you begin to smoke less and less.

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