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Cancer groups: "Phase out smoking by 2025"

Published onsdag 13 mars 2013 kl 12.20
"Smoking should be banned everywhere"
(4:03 min)
Fewer Swedes are smoking, with just 11 percent of adults taking a daily drag. Photo: Fredrik Varfjell / Scanpix NORGE

Four of Sweden's lung cancer groups have called for a ban on smoking in Sweden and across the EU.

Writing in newspaper Dagens Nyheter the organisations say that tobacco smoking should be phased out and banned by 2025. The groups, including organisations representing both patients and doctors, say that an example to follow is New Zealand, which plans to be smoke-free in 12 years.

The groups says that this would mean a major government intervention into people's personal lives, but argue that the damage caused by smoking makes an eventual ban a reasonable proposition. Ola Brodin at the Lung Cancer Study Group says that between 2.5 to 3 percent of Sweden's population will die due to smoking.

"We are sending up a balloon, to see which way the wind is blowing" says Ola Brodin.

The organisations do not seek to ban the Swedish tobacco product snus.

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