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Decided long ago - but not implemented: Minister wants to implement tobacco ban quickly
A recent study found that one in ten deaths worldwide is caused by smoking. A means of fighting tobacco use is the ban on advertising cigarettes. Germany is at the bottom in Europe when it comes to outdoor tobacco advertising. The Federal Minister of Food now wants to quickly implement the ban, which has long been decided.
Every year over 120,000 deaths from tobacco use
Smoking is the greatest avoidable health risk. In Germany alone, over 120,000 people die each year from the consequences of tobacco use. That is more than ten percent of all deaths. Smokers fall ill and not only die of lung cancer. Those who smoke also increase their risk of several other types of cancer and other illnesses such as smoker's lung or smoker's cough, asthma, chronic bronchitis and heart attack and stroke. The advertising ban for tobacco products is a means in the fight against smoking. Germany is lagging far behind in this area. A CSU minister now wants to change that.
Germany is at the bottom in Europe
“When it comes to outdoor tobacco advertising, Germany is at the bottom in Europe. Outdoor tobacco advertising is banned in almost all EU Member States. Only in Bulgaria is outdoor tobacco advertising partially allowed, ”says a message from the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
In April 2016, the Federal Cabinet approved a draft law amending additional restrictions on advertising for tobacco products and electronic cigarettes, but it has not yet been voted on in the Bundestag.
Minister of Food Christian Schmidt (CSU) therefore called on all political groups to agree on the bill before the general election. Tobacco advertising creates addiction. "For me there is no difference between tobacco and cannabis," the minister told the newspapers of the Funke media group.
Smoking is the greatest avoidable health risk
Schmidt said last year: “As Minister for Consumer Health Protection, my goal is to protect people from the greatest avoidable health risk: smoking. For me, the focus is on consumer health protection for children and young people. "
Among other things, the bill provides for a ban on outdoor advertising from July 1, 2020. Furthermore, cinema advertising is only permitted in connection with films that are marked with “No release for young people”.
There is also a ban on the free supply of cigarettes, self-rolling tobacco and hookah tobacco. As of May 20, 2020, cigars, cigarillos, pipe tobacco and smokeless tobacco products should only be available free of charge in business premises of the relevant specialist trade.
In addition, nicotine-free electronic cigarettes and refill containers should be included in the regulation.
The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) also recently criticized the fact that too little is being done tobacco consumption in Germany. Germany continues to be a paradise for smokers. In a European comparison of measures to curb tobacco use, only Austria is still doing less against tobacco use. (ad)