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Now under-21s may be BANNED from buying cigarettes and flavoured vapes

Now under-21s may be BANNED from buying cigarettes and flavoured vapes under plans to make UK smoke-free by 2030

  • Health Secretary Sajid Javid planning to launch crackdown, sources say 

Under-21s could be banned from buying cigarettes and flavoured vapes by 2030 under plans to make the UK smoke-free, according to reports.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid is said to be considering the plans, which would particularly target young adults who smoke, according to the Mirror.

But sources told the newspaper he remains sceptical about raising the age limit for purchasing cigarettes from 18 years old. 

Official figures show almost seven million over-18s smoke in the UK, and nearly three million use vapes.

This increased slightly over lockdown according to the national Smoking Toolkit Study, particularly among younger age groups. 

Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer in the UK according to charities, and triggers around 78,000 deaths every year.

Officials have repeatedly cracked down on the habit, with policies including banning smoking in pubs and blocking advertising them in the country.

Vaping was claimed to be a ‘healthier’ option. But a World Health Organization report has now categorised e-cigarettes as ‘harmful’ and called for them to be more tightly regulated. 

A Department of Health spokesman told The Mirror: ‘Smoking cuts lives short and costs the NHS billions — we will publish a plan later this year to set out how we will help the country become smoke free by 2030.’

When the newspaper asked a Government source about the plans he did not deny that officials were looking into raising the age limit, but said: ‘These are not measures currently under consideration’.

Officials are reportedly also considering further bans on advertising e-cigarettes, which already cannot be promoted on TV, radio, online and in print. 

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