Sudden UK Election Shelves Contentious Tobacco and Vapes Bill

May 26, 2024 by

Sudden UK Election Shelves Contentious Tobacco and Vapes Bill

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's Tobacco and Vapes Bill, aiming to ban cigarette sales to those born after 2008 and regulate vaping, faces uncertainty due to a snap UK election called by the Prime Minister. The bill includes controversial measures on vape flavors. Advocates like Clive Bates welcome the delay for further scrutiny. Labour, favored to win the election, also supports the bill. Flexibility post-election could lead to revisiting and improving the bill's measures. Sunak and Labour aim for a smoke-free generation. While the bill is paused, there's an opportunity to refine regulations on tobacco and vaping for better public health outcomes.

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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