More

    Campaigners slam proposal to raise age of sale of tobacco

    Campaigners have slammed proposals to raise the age of sale of tobacco from 18 to 21.

    The plan is expected to feature in recommendations announced today (Thursday 9th June) by Javed Khan, a former CEO of Barnardo’s, who was commissioned by health secretary Sajid Javid to conduct an “independent review” into tobacco control.

    “You don’t have to be 21 to know that smoking is potentially harmful to your health. It’s drummed into every child from an early age,” said Simon Clark, director of the smokers’ group Forest.

    “If you can legally have sex at 16, drive a car at 17 and purchase alcohol at 18, you should be allowed to make an informed choice to buy tobacco at 18.”

    He added:

    “In the eyes of the law you are an adult at 18 and you should be treated like one. What next? Are they going to raise the legal age of sale of alcohol to 21 as well?

    “If adults young and old still choose to smoke despite the well publicised health risks that is a matter for them, not for government, and that choice must be respected.”

    Latest

    Chill and Thrill: Summer drinks to fire up sales 

    The UK is known for its dark and gloomy...

    Ocado’s appeal over depot next to north London school dismissed

    By: Noah Vickers, Local Democracy Reporter An appeal by Ocado...

    Horizon inquiry to survey current sub-postmasters on Post Office conduct

    The inquiry into the Post Office Horizon IT scandal...

    Vennells ‘grossly understated’ Horizon scandal, says former Royal Mail boss

    Former Post Office chief executive Paula Vennells and top...

    Don't miss

    Chill and Thrill: Summer drinks to fire up sales 

    The UK is known for its dark and gloomy...

    Ocado’s appeal over depot next to north London school dismissed

    By: Noah Vickers, Local Democracy Reporter An appeal by Ocado...

    Horizon inquiry to survey current sub-postmasters on Post Office conduct

    The inquiry into the Post Office Horizon IT scandal...

    Vennells ‘grossly understated’ Horizon scandal, says former Royal Mail boss

    Former Post Office chief executive Paula Vennells and top...

    Champagne sales fall 15 per cent in first half

     France's champagne producers on Friday called for a cut...

    Ocado’s appeal over depot next to north London school dismissed

    By: Noah Vickers, Local Democracy Reporter An appeal by Ocado for permission to open a depot next to a north London school has been dismissed...

    Horizon inquiry to survey current sub-postmasters on Post Office conduct

    The inquiry into the Post Office Horizon IT scandal will ask current sub-postmasters if the organisation is treating them better now than it did...

    Vennells ‘grossly understated’ Horizon scandal, says former Royal Mail boss

    Former Post Office chief executive Paula Vennells and top team "grossly understated" Horizon scandal, former Royal Mail boss Moya Greene has said. The former head...