Guernsey was this week deciding whether or not to become the first part
of the UK to ban tobacco advertising.
Deputies of the States of Guernsey - the channel island’s parliament -
voted on Wednesday on a possible ad ban, which would give huge
encouragement to health pressure groups calling for cigarette promotions
to be outlawed across the UK.
The deputies voted on a package of measures proposed by the island’s
Board of Health, including a ban on local ads, a 51 per cent increase in
the price of cigarettes over the next six years and raising the minimum
age at which they can be bought from 16 to 18.
Because no VAT is levied on cigarettes sold in Guernsey, they are 30 per
cent cheaper than on the mainland.
Supporters of the ban claim that up to 28 per cent of Guernsey’s
children are regular smokers by the age of 14 and that they smoke more
than other children in the UK.
In practice, there is little tobacco advertising on the island. But Dr
Tony Lee, a Guernsey GP and a member of Parents Against Tobacco, said:
‘A ban would strengthen the hand of other UK pressure groups such as
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