Wednesday July 17, 2019

Experts Suggest Banning of Tobacco Sale For Below 21 To Prevent New Smokers

He stressed that besides helping existing smokers to quit, preventing young people from taking to smoking is imperative

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Smokers Lack Motivation, Get Tired Easily. Pixabay

Raising the legal age for tobacco purchase from 18 to 21 years is likely to reduce smoking rates in young people and make the generation smoke-free, experts suggest.

Most smokers start smoking during childhood and two-thirds of those who try smoking early will become regular smokers later, said the study published in The BMJ.

Increasing the legal age to 21 would make it harder for children to obtain cigarettes and take the legal age beyond school age, said Nicholas Hopkinson, respiratory specialist from the Imperial College London.

FILE – A smoker exhales vapor from an e-cigarette at the Vapor Spot, in Sacramento, California, in this July 7, 2015, photo. VOA

“Smoking is a contagious habit transmitted within peer groups, and the age increase will protect younger children from exposure to older pupils in school who smoke. It will also remove a potential source of supply within schools,” said Hopkinson.

He stressed that besides helping existing smokers to quit, preventing young people from taking to smoking is imperative.

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Hopkinson also suggested that a “polluter pays” tax set to raise around $198 million per year from tobacco manufacturers will help to pay for a revitalised, evidence-based set of tobacco control policies.

“This could include the introduction of a retail licensing scheme for tobacco products, which could help limit underage sales. It would also make it easier to ban sales from those who break the law,” Hopkinson said. (IANS)

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53% Smokers Belong to the Age Group of 20-30 Years, Reveals Survey

India is one of those countries reeling under a huge burden of high mortality and morbidity linked with tobacco addiction

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A woman smokes an electronic cigarette in London, Aug. 19, 2015. VOA

A whopping 53 per cent of smokers belong to the age group of 20 to 30 years, a survey has revealed, adding most of them resort to smoking to cope with stress.

According to the survey conducted by Aviss Foundation, every third person in the age group of 15-50 years was addicted to smoking.

“Of all the respondents, which were between the age group of 15 to 50 years, a whopping 33 per cent admitted to smoking addiction,” it said.

The survey revealed that youths took to smoking to beat the stress.

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Hookah smoking is addictive and can lead to the use of other tobacco products such as cigarettes. Pixabay

“According to the survey figures, 56 per cent thought that smoking helped them get relief from stress while 55 per cent of them admitted that they are aware of its ill-effects and were anxious about their health but continue to smoke anyway. Apart from this, 55 per cent had tried to quit smoking but failed, underlying the strong addictive nature of smoking leading to difficulties in giving up,” it added.

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India is one of those countries reeling under a huge burden of high mortality and morbidity linked with tobacco addiction. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), India is home to 12 per cent of the world’s smokers.

“While government policies in India have always been designed carefully around the targeted awareness programmes, the survey figures indicate that it’s time to sit up and fine-tune our strategies to address the issue more effectively,” said Aviss Foundation head Prerana Garg. (IANS)