World Bulletin / News Desk
Smokers in the U.K. are preparing for sweeping new bans and restrictions on tobacco sales next month.
The new moves come as the country’s health bill for smoking-related diseases rises.
The new bans -- including the scrapping of sales of smaller packs of 10 cigarettes -- will come into force on 20 May.
New, standardized packs of cigarettes and rolling tobacco will be sold in the same dark brownish color with large anti-smoking photos and health warnings prominently displayed.
Some flavored cigarettes and rolling tobacco will also be made illegal in the U.K. under the new changes.
Menthol cigarettes will be completely banned by 2020 as they are seen as one of the early steps to taking up the smoking habit.
According to National Health Service (NHS) figures, some 78,000 people died of conditions attributed to smoking in 2014.
The statistics also claim around 4,700 people were admitted to hospitals for conditions that could be caused by smoking in 2014/15.
Included in the new changes, the minimum size of hand-rolling tobacco packages will also be increased to 30 grams which will cost more. This is a bid to reduce the number of low-income smokers, such as students.
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