Kopar Khairane
National

PM Sunak could outlaw smoking in the UK for next generations

<p>The Guardian claimed on Friday, citing government sources, that British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is contemplating drafting legislation that would forbid future generations from ever being able to purchase cigarettes.</p>
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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.</p>
<p>“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 statement to Reuters.</p>
<p>The spokeswoman said, “These measures include free vape kits, a voucher program to encourage pregnant women to quit, and consultation on required cigarette pack inserts.”</p>
<p>The representative chose not to add any further commentary to the The Guardian piece.</p>
<p>Before the anticipated election next year, Sunak’s team is reportedly considering new consumer-focused policies, according to the newspaper.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
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