Joint campaign launched to tackle underage smoking

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A joint campaign between Suffolk’s Trading Standards and Public Health teams to reduce underage smokers has been launched this week.

Starting on National No Smoking Day, the “Don’t get me Started” campaign aims to encourage retailers of tobacco, parents and schools and to play their part in ensuring underage young people cannot access tobacco products.

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Smoking is the UK’s biggest killer when it comes to the number of preventable deaths, and yet 8million people still carry on regardless. There is sound evidence for children copying their parents’ smoking habits. Research from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has shown that over 23,000 young people take up smoking every year in England and Wales. Among adult smokers, nearly two-thirds report that they took up smoking before the age of 18 and over 80% before the age of 20.

The “Don’t get me Started” campaign urges retailers to remember they have a…

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