New draconian measures introduced by lawmakers to encourage people to quit the habit could include printing smoke marks on individual cigarettes.
Lawmakers have for the first time introduced amendments to the Health and Care Bill, introduced in Parliament in July. The proposal would allow the health secretary to make it mandatory to send messages on individual cigarettes.
“We know that cigarettes are the cancer stick and kill half the people who use it. So I hope the health warnings on cigarettes will deter people from tempting people to smoke in the first place, especially young people,” said Labor MP Mary Kelly Foy, who led the move.
“I hope this will encourage some smokers to quit because if they are putting it in their mouth and see that message on a cigarette every time they smoke, I expect it to have the desired effect. “
Sir George Young, a former Conservative cabinet minister, first introduced proposed health warnings on cigarettes when he was Minister of Health in Margaret Thatcher’s government, but was unsuccessful. Now a colleague, and deputy chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health, he has introduced a private member’s bill to the House of Lords to make his proposal law.
“As health minister I suggested that health warnings on cigarettes could help more people quit smoking. Tobacco companies told me that this would make cigarettes even more dangerous, because the ink was carcinogenic. Clearly this is nonsense because tobacco already contains 70 cancer-causing chemicals,” Sir George said.
Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), said: “Cigarettes do not kill cigarette packs smokers, so obviously the sticks themselves are where health warnings are most needed. As a health minister In 2006, George Young proposed just that, but Big Tobacco thwarted him.
Cancer Research UK is also supporting the amendment and has provided funding for research that found warnings on individual cigarettes can be effective in making smoking less attractive to young people.
The amendment proposed by Ms Foy would allow the government to impose new charges on tobacco company profits and use the money to support stop-smoking groups.
The amended bill also targets e-cigarette makers, proposing a ban on marketing tactics that may tempt children with sweet tastes and like cartoon characters. In addition, it made it illegal for e-cigarette manufacturers to give away free samples.
Health warnings on cigarettes, also known as smokeless cigarettes, are a measure actively under consideration around the world. It was recommended by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health to help meet the government’s goal of making England smoke-free by 2030.
Simon Clark, director of the smokers’ group Forrest, criticized the amendment, saying there is no evidence it will reduce smoking or discourage young people from taking it.
“These stale and weary thoughts have been around for years,” said Mr. Clark. “Everyone is aware of the health risks of smoking. It’s impossible to miss the health warnings on every pack of cigarettes, which include strange images of smoking-related diseases… If adults still choose to smoke it’s up to them to go to the government.” is not for.
Granthshala Contacted the Department of Health and Social Care for comment.
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