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ASH Call For Tobacco Display Ban To Speed Smoking Decrease

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ASH Call For Tobacco Display Ban To Speed Smoking Decrease

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is repeating calls for retail displays of tobacco in dairies, supermarkets and service stations to be removed to prevent youth from starting smoking.

ASH communications manager Michael Colhoun said removing the tobacco displays would bring future gains in the form of a drop in numbers of young smokers.

"Smoking rates have declined since smoking has been removed from pubs and bars, however that change was over four years ago now. We need to continue with measures that will see a drop in the smoking rate. It is time to step up to the next level and remove tobacco displays," said Mr Colhoun.

The British Government recently announced tobacco displays are to be banned in England and Wales.

"Tobacco displays are the major marketing presence of the tobacco industry. They indicate the availability of tobacco and tobacco brands to everyone including children," said Mr Colhoun.

Where other countries have removed displays smoking prevalence among young people has fallen by up to 10 percent[1].

Removing displays will benefit children who would grow up without exposure to any tobacco marketing, as well as ex-smokers, some of whom currently struggle with quit attempts when confronted by displays says Mr Colhoun.

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