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Rishi Sunak May Ban Cigarettes In United Kingdom

Before the anticipated election next year, Sunak’s team is reportedly considering new consumer-focused policies, according to the newspaper.

London: According to The Guardian on Friday, which cited government sources, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is considering proposing rules that would prohibit future generations from ever being able to purchase cigarettes. According to the source, Sunak is considering anti-smoking regulations that are similar to those New Zealand enacted last year, including a prohibition on selling tobacco to anybody born on or after January 1, 2009.

“We want to encourage more people to quit and meet our ambition to be smokefree by 2030, which is why we have already taken steps to reduce smoking rates,” a British government official said in an email response to Reuters.

The spokeswoman continued, “These measures include free vape kits, a voucher program to encourage pregnant women to quit, and consultation on required cigarette pack inserts.”

The representative chose not to add any more commentary to the The Guardian piece.

Before the anticipated election next year, Sunak’s team is reportedly considering new consumer-focused policies, according to the newspaper.

In a crackdown on e-cigarettes, Britain said in May that it will shut a loophole that allowed businesses to distribute free samples of vapes to kids.

Separately, authorities in England and Wales urged the government to outlaw the sale of single-use e-cigarettes by 2024 for reasons of both public health and the environment.

 

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