Denmark Plans to Ban Sale of Tobacco to Future Generations

Denmark Plans to Ban Sale of Tobacco to Future Generations
Denmark plans to ban the sale of tobacco products to those born after 2010 to prevent the next generation from smoking.

According to a report by a foreign media outlet on March 16, 2022, smoking is the main cause of cancer in Denmark (Getty Images/iStockphoto).


The Danish Ministry of Health has announced plans to prohibit the sale of cigarettes and nicotine products to anyone born after 2010.


According to a report from Agence France-Presse, on Tuesday, March 15th, during a press conference, the Minister of Health, Magnus Heunicke, stated that a policy change would prevent the next generation from smoking any form of tobacco.


We hope that all individuals born after 2010 will never start smoking or using nicotine products.


If necessary, we are prepared to ban sales to this generation (born in 2010) by gradually raising the age limit for purchases," said Heunicke.


According to current Danish law, individuals under the age of 18 are prohibited from purchasing tobacco and e-cigarettes. However, Heunicke stated that approximately 31% of individuals between the ages of 15 and 29 are smokers.


He stated that smoking is the leading cause of cancer in the country and results in 13,600 deaths each year.


This news was released after New Zealand announced plans to ban the purchase of cigarettes for anyone born after 2008. The ban is expected to go into effect this year.


Dr. Ayesha Verrall, the Minister of Health, stated in a December 2021 statement that the ban would ensure that young people "will never start smoking.


We hope to ensure that young people never start smoking, therefore selling or supplying tobacco products to new young demographics will become an illegal act," Verrall said.


When the law takes effect, 14-year-olds will never be able to legally purchase tobacco.


Furthermore, the government plans to introduce major tobacco control measures, such as reducing the nicotine content in products and limiting the sale of cigarettes to specific locations.


As a result of these changes, the number of stores authorized to sell cigarettes will be reduced from approximately 8,000 to less than 500.


These are world-leading measures that will put us on track to achieving New Zealand's long-term goal of being smoke-free by 2025," Verrall added.


(Source: Yahoo!)


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