Finland embarks on plan that will ban all smoking

Finland plans to completely abolish smoking, starting with a ban on displaying tobacco products and smoking in cars carrying minors.

Finnish State Secretary Ilkka Oksala said the new laws were the start of a move to get rid of tobacco “once and for all."

Although several European countries now ban smoking in public buildings, including restaurants and pubs, Finland would be the first country to adopt a total ban.

New Zealand’s Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) director Ben Youdan said the same approach was needed here.

“We need to set a clear deadline to get rid of smoking and remind ourselves this is an urgent health priority. The Maori affairs Select Committee inquiry into tobacco is our chance to call for that deadline,” he said.

Submissions to the committee are due by January 29, 2010, and the committee will then report back to Parliament.

He said New Zealand needed to set its sights on making the country tobacco free by 2020.

“The tobacco industry needs to be held to account and it looks like Finland intends to do exactly that.”

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Right, and no one smokes marijuana.

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I can imagine the blackmarket now; the gangs will love to have another source of income...
Prohibition doesn't work, especially with things that individuals consider their business...

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Yeah just look at America and the flop known as the Prohibition back in the 20's. People still found ways to get their fix of alcohol.

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Sounds great, to be honest, this has become a psychological addiction that people can easily get over. Yes, this is a business for some people and people in Finland will (when it is banned) still be able to get smokes, but the average family man who works a 9-5 doesn't have connections through the black market which overall will help individuals, families and the society.

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Good that they're trying to make some progress but seems kinda pointless banning smoking in cars with minors when they live in a house with parents who smoke!
Agree that tobacco free is a pipe dream. Can only reduce advertising, advise dangers and let the people make their choice.

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I used to smoke but gave it up 20 years ago and it was the best decision of my life, but it was MY decision.
What people really need to decide is , what is worst for the overall wellbeing of the population.
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It is the best news i heard about tobacco so far. Even outside I get the second hand smoke, so the only solution is to ban it completely, I agree....

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Good luck Suomi. It's gonna be a hard thing for them to do in any country really. The thing is I know here in the states there would be mass protests and people going completely insane because they wouldn't be able to smoke outside and the only place they probably would be able to smoke would be in their homes or the car. One thing I am curious is does Finland intend on making smoking itself illegal to do at all or just to ban it in All public locations including outside of bars and restaurants.
If it is either one, it would make me wonder about Finland. Yes health is a very important thing and smoking has negative effect on both smoker and non smoker (I would know. I date a smoker. It bothers him and I get headaches if it's not a well venhilated room) But for a state in the EU such as Finland to have an idea to ban it and take away the rights of the citizen, they're in for some interesting treats.

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Finland took longer to ban smoking in bars than other countries and still allows 'smoking rooms' inside bars. The UK is the furthest forward at the moment (smoking rooms are not permitted) and it looks like a ban on displaying tobacco products will be law in the UK soon.

Finland hasn't stated its intentions - no sales of tobacco within Finland but personal imports allowed perhaps?.

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Riots and protests???? I think not; young people don't give a rip about anything except for their freaking cellphones, texting and mtv!!! Ha! young people protesting omg!!! that's hilarious....and what about MY right to breathe CLEAN AIR!!!!!!?? WAY TO GO FINLAND MAY THE US WAKE UP AND TAKE YOUR LEAD!!!!!

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