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When Keir Starmer will introduce smoking ban for people born after 2009 as he pledges to change UK law

When Keir Starmer will introduce smoking ban for people born after 2009 as he pledges to change UK law

Sir Keir Starmer has a plan for his first days in government

A date has been ‘set’ to introduce smoking ban for people born after 2009.

You know, the one outgoing prime minister Rishi Sunak had started introducing?

Well, that basically got scrapped when the general election was announced back in May. That’s because there wouldn’t have been enough time to get the proposed Tobacco and Vapes Bill through Parliament before it closed for the whole campaign to kick off.

However, despite Sir Keir Starmer now set to step in as the UK’s new prime minister, it’s still going to go ahead. His party now forms a huge majority in the House of Commons with more than 170 MPs after winning over 400 of the available 650 seats.

And according to Bloomberg, the labour leader’s 100-day action plan includes bringing back Sunak’s smoking ban.

The ban will effect vapes. (Getty stock photo)
The ban will effect vapes. (Getty stock photo)

Understandably, there’s always a big hype around what the government will do in those first 100 days and it’s reported Starmer’s plan also includes banning conversion therapy, bringing back Michael Gove’s renters’ bill, reforming the Mental Health Act and lifting the ban on onshore wind.

So, back to the smoking ban, when the Tobacco and Vapes Bill does eventually get pushed through, it’ll rule than any child turning 15 this year and any younger will never legally be able to be sold tobacco.

Essentially, this sets a new legal limit on the age of people are allowed to smoke from but increasing it by a year, each year – meaning buying tobacco products will be completely wiped out for subsequent generations.

Smoking won’t be a criminal act and anyone who can legally buy tobacco right now will still be able to – it’s just the youngens that are never going to be able to puff away on vapes.

Starmer will still enforce the bill.(Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)
Starmer will still enforce the bill.(Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

Oh yeah, it’s just not regular cigarettes that the bill is going to be coming after but vaping too.

The government are going to be able to change how vapes are displayed in shops – so it’s likely they could be moved out of kids’ sight and away from products like sweets.

As well as Starmer getting this smoking ban kicked off, there’s all sorts of things Labour has pledged to change now that the Tories are out of power after14 years. This includes major investments in NHS access as the party said they would have two million more appointments able to be made with the health service a year.

Labour also has committed to closing a tax loophole used by private education institutions with the tax from this to then be invested in the state school system.

You can head here to read everything the party has pledged to change.

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Topics: Keir Starmer, Vaping, UK News, Politics