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Doctors want to ban the sale of cigarettes in supermarket

cigs_2187263bDoctors Federation Royal Dutch Medical Association wants to ban the sale of cigarettes in supermarkets, gas stations and bookstores. The sale of tobacco should be to only small tobacconists limited, as the Royal Dutch Medical Association states today in the position Tobacco Control, which allows the doctors to come to call the government into action against smoking.

The doctors want a smoke-free society and feel that anti-smoking measures have produced so far to little effect. It is therefore high time for reaching measures. They advocate a substantial tax increase on tobacco. “We must ensure that children and adolescents from starting smoking. Growing up in a smoke-free environment contributes to this. That means specifically that school playgrounds, sports fields, would playgrounds, amusement parks and cars smoking should be, “says the Royal Dutch Medical Association.

These are drastic measures but the federation believes is justified: “Smoking is a verslaviging must also be combated in this way.” According to doctors, smoking is the leading preventable cause of disease and mortality in the Netherlands. Die each year twenty thousand people on the effects of smoking. Nineteen Thousand Dutch get annual cancer by smoking. Even passive smoking is very harmful. Start each day hundreds of children smoking.
Cancer Research UK, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and others also say that displaying cigarettes alongside sweets normalises tobacco in the minds of children, making appear harmless and available.

Opponents of the ban argue that there is no evidence it will prevent young people starting to smoke, which is the main aim. Only a handful of countries have brought in a display ban: Iceland in 2001, Thailand in 2005, Ireland in 2009 and Norway in 2010. The best evidence, however, is thought to be in Canada, where 10 states have implemented bans since 2004.

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