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Moves to tackle smoking welcomed

The British Medical Association (BMA) has welcomed proposed legislation to tackle children's addiction to tobacco.

The proposals would see the display of cigarettes in shops outlawed, the Scottish Government revealed, and a ban on the sale of cigarettes in packets of 10 will also be considered.

Legal controls on the sale of tobacco will be updated - and possible options for licensing, with sanctions that include cautions and fixed penalty notices, will be studied.

The moves form part of a drive costing £9m over three years to discourage youngsters from smoking.

Dr Andrew Buist, a member of the BMA's Scottish Council and Deputy Chairman of the Scottish General Practitioners Committee, said: "Tackling children's addiction to tobacco is rightly a top priority for this government.

"A lifetime addicted to tobacco is a death sentence. Every day 35 Scots die because of smoking related illnesses, but each day 41 new smokers are recruited," he added.

"Only through a multifaceted range of measures will we be able to tackle the biggest preventable cause of death in Scotland."

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