Majority in favour of greater tobacco control

By Ewan Turney

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Majority in favour of greater tobacco control
Anti-smoke campaigners claim the majority of people are in support of greater controls on tobacco

Anti-smoke campaigners claim the majority of people would support greater controls on tobacco.

The Government launched its consultation, "The Future of Tobacco Control"​, on Saturday, which proposes plain cigarette packets with no branding or logos, minimum pack sizes of 20, pushing sales under the counter and a ban on vending machines.

A YouGov survey of 1,056 adults, commissioned by Ash, revealed that 65% were in favour of a vending machine ban and 59% in favour of a ban on tobacco displays at point of sale.

But 79% were in favour of simply restricting vending machines to age restricted venues and only 43% were in favour of the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products.

Other results showed:

• 77% in favour of banning smoking in cars carrying children under-18• 60% in favour of increasing tobacco prices faster than inflation rate• 74% in favour of increasing local stop smoking services

"Smoking is a habit which is passed down from generation to generation and this pattern can only be broken by fresh thinking and a comprehensive cross-government strategy,"​ said Ash director Deborah Arnott.

"The Smokefree Action Coalition welcomes the Government's consultation on a national tobacco control strategy and its focus on the need to protect children and reduce health inequalities.

"This is also popular with the public - the YouGov poll shows strong support for tough measures to protect children from the harm caused by tobacco."

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