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Smokers face new campaign. Organisation suggests extending smoking ban. The number of daily smokers has sunk five percent in the last six years percent since the indoor smoking ban was introduced in 2004. But the Tobacco-Free organisation believes it now needs updating. They’d like to take it further.Youngsters “There’s constantly somebody who’s puffing away at bus stops or bus/train station shelters, which bothers most non-smokers. It’s one thing to be irritated by it, but quite another if you’re an asthmatic. We know that even small amounts of smoke can trigger an attack,” Tore Sanner, head of Tobacco-Free tells Aftenposten.

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Smokers face new campaign

Published on Tuesday, 16th February, 2010 at 15:44 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 16th February 2010 at 20:27.

Organisation suggests extending smoking ban.

Cigarette in ashtray
Cigarette in ashtray
Photo: © 2005 Tomasz Sienicki/Wikimedia Commons


The number of daily smokers has sunk five percent in the last six years percent since the indoor smoking ban was introduced in 2004. But the Tobacco-Free organisation believes it now needs updating. They’d like to take it further.

Youngsters

“There’s constantly somebody who’s puffing away at bus stops or bus/train station shelters, which bothers most non-smokers. It’s one thing to be irritated by it, but quite another if you’re an asthmatic. We know that even small amounts of smoke can trigger an attack,” Tore Sanner, head of Tobacco-Free tells Aftenposten.

The suggestions

  • Raise the legal age for buying tobacco products to 20.
  • Regulate the sale of tobacco in the same way as beer:
    Use licensed vendors, with a ban on sales in the evenings/at night.
  • Ban smoking during school time both inside and outside schoolyards.
  • Ban smoking outside restaurants, at bus stops, and train stations.
  • Significantly-increased tax on snuff.
  • Introduce illustrated warnings on  snuff packets, and reintroduce warnings about cancer.

They’d also like to make it illegal to smoke in outside serving-areas and schoolyards, as well as increasing the legal age for buying tobacco from 18 to 20.

The organisation claims the current age-limit has not reduced smoking amongst youngsters. Even 14 year-olds can buy cigarettes relatively easily.

Tobacco-Free wants the cancer warning that the EU removed in 2003 put back on packets of snuff too.

“One of the most worrying results has been an increase in the use of snuff, especially amongst young people. The WHO has later found out that snuff doesn’t just cause cancer of the oral cavities, but also of the oesophagus and pancreas,” says Sanner.

According to figures from Statistics Norway, approximately 35 percent of 16-24 year-olds use snuff, whilst 21 percent of 16 year-olds smoke on a daily basis.

Political solutions

The Ministry of Health and Care Services’ State Secretary, Roger Ingebrigtsen, says he’ll listen to the organisation’s suggestions.

“During the course of this year, the government will be presenting its national strategy to reduce the use of tobacco. There are far too many children and youngsters who’ve lost parents and grandparents prematurely because we didn’t understand the dangers of smoking early enough.”

Ingebrigtsen also warns that the healthcare system may collapse completely in the course of one generation if nothing is done.

“To get results, you have to introduce measures that will really make a difference,” Sanner says.



Published on Tuesday, 16th February, 2010 at 15:44 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 16th February 2010 at 20:27.

This post has the following tags: smoking, ban, kills, snuff, cigarettes, ban, cancer, health, ministry, tore, sanner, roger, ingebrigtsen, norway, .





  
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