Northern Ireland could be part of smoking ban bill

March 11, 2024 by

Northern Ireland could be part of smoking ban bill

Northern Ireland could be included in a Westminster bill which aims to phase out the sale of cigarettes. The bill would make it illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone born on or after 1 January 2009 - when they turn 18. The move, backed by the health minister, is subject to approval by the Northern Ireland Assembly. More than 2,000 people die from smoking related illnesses in Northern Ireland every year. The bill is part of the UK government's plan for a "smoke free generation".

12.90% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 7.2 million current smokers in United Kingdom 14.60% of men are current smokers but only 11.20% of women.



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