Legal age for smoking should rise and ‘polluter tax’ must be considered

Tobacco firms could be forced to pay a “polluter” tax to help smokers quit, while the legal age for buying tobacco should rise every year, according to a Government-commissioned review. The minimum age at which people can buy a tobacco product in England should go up by a year annually until the point where no-one can buy them, said Dr Javed Khan, who led the study into how England can become smoke-free.

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