NEWS: Anti-tobacco lobby awaits as Guernsey considers total ban

Guernsey was this week deciding whether or not to become the first part of the UK to ban tobacco advertising.

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

ours.’



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