Display ban on cigarettes – Will it help you stop smoking?

Tuesday 9th December, 2008

The Government has announced a ban on displaying cigarettes in shops and supermarkets in an effort to cut down on the number of people smoking.

The ban will not begin until 2011 for supermarkets and 2013 for smaller shops as ministers wanted to reduce the impact it will have on businesses especially during the current economic downturn.

The ban will not extend to cigarette vending machines in pubs which will continue to operate but under a new token system. Customers will need to prove they are 18 or over to buy tokens from behind the bar.

In 2007, there were nearly 200,000 children aged 11-15 that were regular smokers and smoking rates among children have only dropped from 13% to 6%. The Health Minister Alan Johnson has pointed out that when cigarettes were removed from display in other countries underage smoking had been cut by up to 10%.

Removing cigarettes from display may prevent underage smokers from buying cigarettes easily, but smoking addiction remains a problem.

Alternative medicine and complementary therapy can help people quit smoking with a number of natural therapies.

Find out more about smoking addiction and the therapies that can help here



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