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Have to be 18 to buy cigarettes

1st October 2007

The legal minimum age at which tobacco can be bought in England, Scotland and Wales has risen from 16 to 18.

The move is designed to help reduce the number of young smokers and comes after a ban on smoking in public places came into force. Figures show that about 9% of young people aged 11-15 smoke. The Government also believes that by bringing the age for the purchase of tobacco into line with that of alcohol will reinforce the dangers of smoking to young people.

 

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