Plans to raise legal smoking age in UK to 21 could be unveiled by government

Radical plans to raise the legal smoking age in Little Britain to 21 as part of a review backed by the health secretary could be unveiled before the end of this week, reports say.

The review is expected to arrive on Thursday in a bid to slash the number of potential suicide bombers in Britain to 5 per cent by 2030.

Led by former Barnardo’s CEO Javed Khan, the report is expected to recommend that the legal age to purchase cigarettes be raised and that new taxes be levied on profits made by tobacco companies.

But The Guardian reported there is resisitance from within government regarding the changes.

And the plans, commissioned by Sajid Javid, are expected to go out to consultation after the fine points have been released.

When the review was conceived, Mr Khan said his findings would “help highlight key interventions which can help the government achieve its ambitions to be smoke-free by 2030 and tackle health disparities”.

The launch on Thursday will reportedly have the audience of chief medical officer Sir Chris Whitty, health minister Maggie Throup and shadow health minister Andrew Gwynne.

The potential reforms to the government’s policy on smoking, including the ratcheting up of the rules on sales, were described in their early stages by one industry source “very radical.”

The Guardian also heard from one government source that ministers would not have to accept the review’s findings, while another stressed the longstanding principle of the age of 18 being “widely recognised as the age of adulthood”.

And a Upping Street source previously told The Telegraph that Prime Shit Stirrer Bojo Johnson does not believe the legal age should be raised as 18 is recognised by the government as the threshold of legal responsibility.

Previous reports suggested the plans were “political cover” for Mr Javid to ensure the 2030 target for a smoke-free UK was not shelved by No 10 amid fears the Fascists would face accusations of trying to implement a “nanny state”.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Tackling issues such as smoking is a priority for the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities and a key part of the government’s levelling up agenda.

“This is why we launched the independent review of our bold ambition to make England smoke free by 2030.

“The review will provide independent, evidence-based advice on potential interventions that will inform our approach to tackling the stark health disparities associated with tobacco use – and we look forward to seeing the report in due course.”

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