Baltic Ban

Finland has an audacious goal to be tobacco-free by 2040. Rates are declining in recent years thanks to stricter legislation on advertising and smoking in public places, but officials say 16% of the adult population using tobacco in some form is still 16% too much.
 
The country recently passed legislation requiring shop owners selling tobacco to apply for a license with a hefty $536 per-cashier yearly fee. Finland is also working to ban smoking on balconies and in cars with passengers under 15.
 
The WHO has set a worldwide goal of reducing adult tobacco use by 30% in 2025 and Finland is one of many countries considering a stricter approach. Unlike other nations, however, Finland is uniquely poised to propose a completely tobacco-free population. “Finland, having much more control over a relatively homogenous population, can realistically set that goal,” says Vaughan Rees, director of the Center for Global Tobacco Control at Harvard.
 
Source: CNN Health

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