Rishi Sunak’s smoking ban bill set to be shelved due to election


Under the government’s plan, the age rises were not due to begin until 2027. It would not affect those who can currently buy cigarettes.

But there are only two days left to pass the legislation, which was yet to start its journey through the House of Lords.

The main two parties are currently in negotiations over which draft laws could be quickly put through Parliament before it is suspended on Friday.

Parliament will then be formally shut down on Thursday next week, triggering a five-week official campaign period.

Mr Sunak highlighted the smoking ban in his speech announcing the election on Wednesday, in a signal it would feature in the Tory election manifesto.

He said: “We will ensure that the next generation grows up smoke free.”

It would have eventually made the UK the first country in the world to ban adults from buying tobacco, and had been seen as a political legacy for Mr Sunak if the Tories are not re-elected.


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