The public is in favor
A recent YouGov survey has shown that 67% of people in England support a ban on the sale of cigarettes to individuals born after 2009. This new policy proposed by Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has garnered significant public support.
Across party lines
The smoking ban has received approval from 74% of Tory voters and 72% of Labour supporters, indicating that this issue transcends party politics.
New legislation on the horizon
It is anticipated that a new law formalizing the smoking ban will be passed through Parliament before the upcoming general election next year.
Health organizations applaud the move
Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of Action on Smoking and Health, commended the policy as a bipartisan victory for the nation's health. She emphasized that the UK has consistently implemented stricter tobacco regulations with the aim of eradicating the smoking epidemic.
Personal experiences drive support
Tory MP Bob Blackman, who lost his mother to lung cancer at the age of 47, spoke about the deeply personal nature of this issue. He highlighted the widespread desire to prevent children from starting smoking, which contributes to the broad support for this policy among politicians from all parties.