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April 06, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 71

A ban on tobacco displays is coming into force in England - with ministers promising it will help curb the number of young people taking up smoking.

Public health minister Anne Milton cited evidence from Ireland, which suggested the measure could play an important role in discouraging young people in particular from smoking.

Cigarettes and other products will have to be kept below the counter in large shops and supermarkets, while small outlets are exempt until 2015.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley told the BBC he hoped the ban would prevent people from taking up smoking and also help those trying to give up.

Andrew Lansley - Health Secretary

He said: "Firstly, it reduces the visibility of tobacco and smoking to young people. And, of course two-thirds of smokers started smoking before they were eighteen.

"So, if we can, literally, arrive at a place where young people just don't think about smoking and they don't see tobacco and they don't see cigarettes - then I hope we can make a big difference."

"We cannot ignore the fact that young people are recruited into smoking by colourful, eye-catching, cigarette displays.

It's quite a worrying thought knowing we're being governed by a group of people, who think this policy will be effective.

I'll give you three reasons why I think this policy won't work.

Reason 1:

Teenagers don't take up smoking because of the colourful cigarette packaging.

In fact, cigarette packing isn't that colourful compared to say, washing up liquid and I don't see teenagers addicted to buying that stuff.

More often than not, its peer pressure or role models who make it seem acceptable to smoke.

Reason 2:

Teenagers like to rebel. If you tell them they can't have something and hide it, they will seek it out even more.

Reason 3:

Out of sight out of mind doesn't apply here.

Cigarettes are highly addictive. When is the last time you went to the shop to buy something but completely forgot what is was because you couldn't see it?

Also if this policy worked how come Argos are still in business? Pretty much all their products are hidden behind a wall.

The Loch Ness monster thrives on not being seen, as does God.

The only effective way to reduce teenage smoking, is to educate them, on how cigarettes will affect their lives, not to pretend they don't exist.

If they refuse to heed the advice then so be it, its their bodies and they can damage them as they so wish.

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