Smoking: Young People

Health written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of David Taylor David Taylor Labour, North West Leicestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the influence of smoking imagery on young people.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

The Department has received a report from the British Medical Association entitled 'Forever cool: the influence of smoking imagery on young people'. The report calls for a range of measures to reduce young people's exposure to positive images of smoking.

The Department has recently published 'A Consultation on the Future of tobacco control'. Copies of the consultation have already been placed in the Library. The consultation seeks views on protecting children and young people from smoking. The paper includes the evidence on the influence of tobacco promotion on young people and seeks views on banning the display of tobacco products in retail outlets.

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