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Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect of banning the display of cigarettes in shops on smoking levels among (a) adults and (b) children. (198276)

In the “Cancer Reform Strategy” published in December 2007, the Department has undertaken to consult on the next steps in tobacco control later this year. We will consider evidence on the issue during the consultation. However, a preliminary assessment of the published evidence from jurisdictions including Canada, Australia and New Zealand suggests that in-store advertising of tobacco, including point-of-sale displays, has an impact on children and young people’s attitudes to smoking.