Swedes Support Smoking Clampdown

The Swedish Cancer Society claims the government is not doing enough when it comes to restricting the sale of cigarettes and says it has public support for bringing in tougher regulations on a par with those introduced for road safety.

A Sifo survey on behalf of the Cancer Society suggests that 57 percent of Swedes polled would support a ban on the sale of cigarettes in grocery stores where they can be bought over the counter or at vending machines, while 63 percent would support a national eradication strategy.

Smoking was banned in bars and restaurants in Sweden in 2005 but in its annual report, the Cancer Society said that politicians paid little attention to smoking with few bills presented in parliament.

According to the society, 16 thousand young people in Sweden begin smoking every year.

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