Tobacco sales could be banned in just a few years under a Labor Party proposal.
Smoking costs billions of dollars to health services each year, and reducing smoking could free up much-needed cash.
and the government We aim to reduce the adult smoking rate to 5% or less by 2030.
However, it is widely expected to be overlooked unless drastic measures are taken.
and, Reports published in recent months He proposed that the smoking age should be raised every year until Britons can no longer afford cigarettes.
Streeting also suggested that tobacco sales could eventually be outlawed if Labor came to power.
He said BBC‘s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg: “One of the government’s recommendations in one of its reviews was to phase out tobacco sales over time.
“We will discuss that and all other means.
“Well, the New Zealand government is doing it. We’d love to see how it works. But I’m really curious.
“If we’re going to get the NHS on track, we also need to focus on public health, and we want to know where voters are on this, where the country is, and what their desire for change is.
“So we have to… think fundamentally. What the government has done to the NHS is disgraceful.
“It’s going to take time to fix that and renew radical thinking. That’s what Labor is about.”
Critics, however, have slammed Labor’s nanny-state approach, saying it could cost billions in lost tax revenue.
Conservative MP Scott Benton countered: ‘What is the price of liberty and liberty?
“This kind of nanny state, health fascism that tries to dictate what people should do and how they should live is disgusting nonsense.
“This is an attack on ordinary people and their culture by good people in big cities who have no idea how the working class lives.
“What will a future Labor government ban? Fatty food? Alcohol? Gambling? It drives me crazy.”
New Zealand last month became the first country in the world to ban young people from buying cigarettes in a plan to finally make the entire country smoke-free.
The government will steadily raise the smoking age and stop selling cigarettes to people born after January 1, 2009.
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