The Netherlands is banning the sale of cigarettes in stores

The Dutch government said Friday it will ban the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in consumer goods stores, starting from 2024, to urge more citizens to quit smoking.

With cigarette vending machines banned from 2022 and sold in stores, the government said this would eliminate 11,000 tobacco outlets from the 16,000 currently available in the country.

The sale of cigarettes in consumer goods stores currently accounts for about 55 percent of tobacco sales in the Netherlands.

Since 2008, the authorities in the Netherlands have banned smoking in bars and restaurants, and have removed designated smoking areas in train stations this year, with work offices and companies to follow by 2022.

Source: “Reuters”

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