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Minister confirms 18 age limit for buying tobacco products

Friday 23 November 2012

Junior health minister Martin van Rijn confirmed on Friday he plans to introduce legislation to increase the legal age to buy tobacco from 16 to 18.

Van Rijn told Nos television the measure will support parents and schools in efforts to stop children picking up the habit. It is not clear when the higher age limit will come into effect.

Earlier this month, several large tobacco organisations called on the government to increase the age limit to 18, in line with plans for the alcoholic drinks industry.

Bars and cafes

The number of smokers in the Netherlands will rise to 26.2% of the adult population by the end of this year because of government policy, anti-smoking group Stivoro said in early November.

Efforts by anti-smoking campaigners to reinstate a smoking ban in small cafes and bars failed earlier this year when judges in The Hague ruled the law does allow exceptions.

Health minister Edith Schippers relaxed the ban in 2010 so that bars smaller than 70m2 with no staff did not have to comply.

However, the ban is widely flouted in other establishments. Anti-smoking campaigners estimate smoking continues in around half the country's clubs and bars.

Schippers has been widely criticised by health campaigners for being too lax about combating smoking and not employing enough inspectors.

© DutchNews.nl



 

Readers' Comments

Hi,
Minister confirms 18 age limit for buying tobacco products. This is a welcome step but it makes no sense when people are allowed to smock in public places and restaurants.

By Terence Hale | 25 November 2012 4:09 PM

@Terence Hale, people are not allowed to smoke in public places and restaurants.

By pepe | 25 November 2012 8:59 PM

Tobacco should be treated like cannabis: for adults only; legal to sell, legal to buy, legal to possess; strictly illegal to burn in public.

By Puck | 26 November 2012 7:11 AM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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