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UK Conservative Party Pushing Smoking Ban For Those Born After 2008

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The home of Winston Churchill to ban smoking for all adults born after January 1, 2009 regardless of age.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s party saw victory on Tuesday when Parliament voted largely in favor of a smoking ban that would prohibit anyone born after January 1, 2009 from ever being able to purchase tobacco products in England.

The measure, that was introduced on March 20 seeks to create a ‘smoke free generation’, despite critics saying the act will create a two-tiered society of adults who can and can’t buy tobacco products once those born post-2008 reach adulthood.

“Under the Tobacco and Vapes Bill introduced today, children turning 15 this year or younger will never legally be able to be sold tobacco,” the government press release stated.

The press release went on to discuss the negative health impacts of smoking and how the ban will reduce costs for the government-run health system.

In a vote held Tuesday, 383 MP’s voted in favor of the smoking ban, while 67 voted against it.

Critics in the U.K. have discussed the irony of a country once run by cigar-smoking Winston Churchill phasing out all forms of smoking for it’s citizens.

‘This policy is so bizarre’

Jacob Rees-Mogg echoes Boris Johsnon’s comments made earlier about Rishi Sunak’s smoking ban, where the ex-PM called it ‘absolutely nuts’. pic.twitter.com/8qeIYaYhkW

— GB News (@GBNEWS) April 11, 2024

🚭 🗣️ “What your going to obviously see here is a very slow but steady growing black market.”@cjsnowdon discusses the generational smoking ban and its impact on criminal activity on @GBNews 👇 pic.twitter.com/KYsTPl41Xq

— IEA (@iealondon) April 16, 2024

Critics of the legislation also pointed out that prohibition has never worked and only serves to drive a black market.

‘What we don’t need now is more bans, more restrictions, if the Government can’t even enforce its existing laws.’

Cheif Executive of the UK Vaping Industry Association, Andrej Kuttruf, explains what he thinks would be a better alternative to the Government’s smoking ban plan. pic.twitter.com/NB9gJGvSaS

— GB News (@GBNEWS) April 16, 2024

New Zealand attempted a similar legislation, but scrapped it soon after.


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