Ban on child-friendly menthol flavoured cigarettes
|North East Lincolnshire Council welcomes the ban on child-friendly menthol flavoured cigarettes as new figures show 429 children in our area are taking up smoking each year.|
|Newly published figures show that in a year 429 children aged 11-15 years old start smoking in North East Lincolnshire Council highlighting the need to do more to tackle youth smoking.
Which is why the Council welcomes the ban on sale of menthol flavoured cigarettes which comes into force on Wednesday 20th May 2020.
Menthol is a popular starter product for children as menthol makes it easier to smoke and to inhale deep into the lungs. Menthol smokers are also more likely to become heavily addicted and find it harder to quit.
The ban on menthol is the logical next step in the Government’s tobacco control strategy to deliver its ambition for England to be smokefree by 2030, while reducing inequalities.
Councillor Ronald Shepherd, Portfolio Holder for Safer and Stronger Communities said, “The evidence is clear that two thirds of the 429 children who start smoking in our area every year will go on to become daily smokers.
“It is better to not start smoking in the first place than to have to quit, which can take as many as 30 attempts.
“Many of those who experiment will become lifelong smokers, suffering serious smoking-related diseases and premature death.
“That’s why we support the ban on menthol cigarettes, which we know make it easier for children to start smoking and harder for them to quit.
“Together we can change attitudes towards smoking across the whole community.”
Children whose parents smoke are nearly three times as likely to become smokers themselves highlighting the importance of doing more to help adults quit.
For the best chances of quitting and staying quit there is information and personal support to stop smoking for free through the Wellbeing Service.
The service can give you the facts, help you prepare to quit, stay motivated, avoid cravings with products suited to your needs and more. Call 01472 325500 or text ‘Wellbeing’ to 60060.
Did you know?
Advice and information for young people on smoking can be found at:
Parents can get advice on speaking to their child about smoking by searching ‘smoking’ on www.relate.org.uk/.