05 October 2023 - Sunak proposes raising smoking age every year to create 'smoke-free' generation
Rishi Sunak defends his plan to ban smoking for younger generation
James Gregory (BBC News, 05/10/2023)
Plans to phase out the sale of cigarettes in England will be the "biggest public health intervention in a generation", Rishi Sunak has said.
The PM told the BBC there was "no safe level of smoking" when asked about restricting people's right to choose.
Prime Minister to create ‘smokefree generation’ by ending cigarette sales to those born on or after 1 January 2009
PM's Office (www.gov.uk, 04/1/2023)
The government is set to introduce a historic new law to stop children who turn 14 this year or younger from ever legally being sold cigarettes in England, in a bid to create the first ‘smokefree generation’.
Health charities welcome Sunak’s plan to curb smoking in England
Denis Campbell (The Guardian, 04/10/2023)
Banning growing numbers of people in England from buying cigarettes is a bold move that will save lives and create the country’s first “smoke-free generation”, health charities have said.
The many flaws in Sunak’s smoking wheeze
Christopher Snowdon (The Spectator, 04/10/2023)
In the run-up to the Conservative party conference, Rishi Sunak was promoting himself as a serious politician who wanted workable policies that respect consumer choice. No more war on motorists! No more pie-in-the-sky net zero promises! Here was a practical man in tune with the concerns of ordinary people.