UK parliament to debate law phasing out smoking

UK parliament to debate law phasing out smoking
Sunak’s proposal would make it an offense for anyone born on or after 1 January 2009 to be sold tobacco products.

The UK parliament will on Tuesday kick off its first debate on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s planned legislation to prevent young people from ever smoking, despite opposition from many in his own Conservative Party.

The law would ban the selling of tobacco products to anyone born after January 1, 2009 –- effectively raising the smoking age by a year each year until it applies to the whole population.

“This has the potential to phase out smoking in almost completely as early as 2040,” the government said when it unveiled the plan, calling the move “historic”.

While the law looks set to pass thanks to support from parties, Sunak faces the prospect of a rebellion from backbench Tory MPs.

The beleaguered leader has little political capital to expend within his fractured party as he struggles to revive its fortunes following months of dire polling.

Conservative MP Simon Clarke told BBC radio that he was “both skeptical and downright opposed” to the plans.

“I think that an outright ban risks being counterproductive, I think it actually risks making smoking cooler, it certainly risks creating a , and it also risks creating a unmanageable challenge for the authorities,” he said.

Former prime minister Boris Johnson also said at an event in Canada last week it was “mad” that the party of Winston Churchill was “banning cigars”.

However, show that around two-thirds of people in the UK back a phased smoking ban.

© 2024 AFP

UK parliament to debate law phasing out smoking (2024, April 16)
retrieved 16 April 2024

This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no
part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Read More

Zaļā Josta - Reklāma