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DoH launches new campaign on tobacco law

23rd July 2007

The Department of Health (DoH) has announced the launch of a new campaign designed to inform the general public and retailers of the increase in the age of sale for tobacco in the UK from 16 to 18 years of age.

As of October 1st, it will be illegal for tobacco products to be sold to individuals under the age of 18.

Government figures claim that nine per cent of 11-15 year olds and 26 per cent of 16-19 year olds smoke at present, while this new law aims to reduce the rate of smoking among young people in Britain.

Dawn Primarolo, minister for public health said, “Currently, half of all teenagers who smoke will die from diseases caused by tobacco if they continue to smoke throughout the course of their life.”

She added that increasing the age of sale for tobacco products will lower the availability of cigarettes and potentially dissuade young people from opting to start smoking.

The Health Act 2006 which resulted in the introduction of the ban on smoking in public places was described by the newly-appointed health secretary as the most important legislation in public health for a generation.

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