Shops to remove tobacco displays9th December 2008
The government has said it is to ban the display of tobacco products in outlets in England and Wales.
However, it said it was not going to impose a complete ban on cigarette vending devices and brand displays on cigarettes for the moment.
The "overwhelming majority" of 100,000 responses to a consultation about how to stop young people taking up smoking supported the ban.
Health Secretary Alan Johnson said data from other countries showed that banning displays would make a difference to the numbers of people smoking.
Statistics showed that in countries where the ban has already been brought in, the number of young people smoking had decreased by "up to" 10%.
Alan Johnson said: "They see the point of sale display and as a result of seeing it, it encourages them to take up smoking. This is the key evidence as to why we have 200,000 11 to 15-year-olds smoking."
He added that a person who began to smoke when they were very young (from the age of 11 to 15) had triple the likelihood of dying prematurely than a person who began aged 20.
Deborah Arnott, director of the anti-smoking group ASH, said that banning the display of tobacco products would be "a proportionate response to the death and disease caused by tobacco".
England's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, said the ban was "another step on the road to victory on tobacco-related illness."
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Title: Shops to remove tobacco displays
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 9501
Date Added: 9th Dec 2008