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Majority: Ban tobacco sales for those born after 2000

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Majority: Ban tobacco sales for those born after 2000
The Norwegian Medical Association wants a 'smoke-free generation' by 2035. Photo: Erlend Aas / NTB scanpix
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Six out of ten Norwegians support a proposal from the Norwegian Medical Association (Legeforeningen - NMA) to ban the sale of tobacco products to anyone born after 2000.
NMA said in January that Norway should create “a tobacco-free generation” by 2035. The agency proposed banning the sale of tobacco products to everyone born after 2000 as a first step towards achieving the goal. 
 
A fresh survey conducted by Respons Analyse on behalf of NMA shows that Norwegians are on board with the idea. 
 
Over 60 percent of respondents said they were positive about the proposal, while only 31 percent opposed it. 
 
NMA president Marit Hermansen said in January that it is not a basic human right to begin using tobacco. 
 
“We have long had the policy of phasing out smoking by 2035. This is a measure to achieve this goal,” Hermansen told Aftenposten. 
 
“It shouldn't be forbidden to smoke, but we want young people to not get started with tobacco,” she added. 
 
But while the majority of Norwegians might agree with NMA, Health Minister Bent Høie told Aftenposten on Sunday that the government has no plans to take up any legislation that would lead to a ban of tobacco sales. 
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