Ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes welcomed
In a move welcomed by the Council as a step forward in deterring the Borough’s young people from smoking, a ban on the sale of menthol flavoured cigarettes came into force this week, on Wednesday 20 May.
The ban is part of the Government’s tobacco control strategy to deliver its ambition for England to be smoke free by 2030.
New figures show that 374 11 to 15-year-old children in Bexley take up smoking each year. Menthol flavoured cigarettes are popular as a starter product for children and research shows that menthol smokers are more likely to become heavily addicted and find it harder to quit.
Dr Anjan Ghosh, Director of Public Health in Bexley said:
“We support the ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes, which we know make it easier for children to start smoking and harder for them to quit. We want every child in Bexley to have the best possible future. Being healthy and not smoking is a key part of this.”
Children whose parents smoke are nearly three times as likely to become smokers themselves. The best thing any smoker can do for their health and wellbeing and that of their children is to quit. Bexley’s Stop Smoking Team provides telephone support and access to medication for smokers – tripling their chances of success.
If you want to stop smoking or to book a telephone consultation with a specialist advisor, contact the Stop Smoking team on 0800 783 2514 or go to www.smokefreebexley.co.uk