Commend Scotland for Banning Tobacco Displays

Scotland flag credit Cayetano via flickr

Target: Scotland Supreme Court

Goal: Applaud ban of tobacco displays

In the United States, it is a common sight to walk into gas stations and grocery stores and have a large display of tobacco products greet you as you walk through the doors. However, in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and most recently Scotland, tobacco displays are illegal and all tobacco products have to be sold behind closed cabinet doors. Sign this petition and commend Scotland for banning tobacco displays.

The ban in Scotland will begin in April 2013, allowing retailers the chance to make the necessary changes. The hope is that by removing the displays of tobacco products, tobacco will start to become less mainstream and less common. Also, by keeping tobacco products behind closed doors, Scotland hopes to hinder young people from starting to smoke.

The bans on tobacco displays are part of a global movement to stop people from taking up the deadly habit of smoking. New research by the Macmillan Cancer Support, reported in the BBC, has shown that lung cancer in women is supposed to more than triple in the next 30 years, from 26,000 cases in 2010 to over 90,000 in 2040. This is partly due to the fact that there is such a focus now on breast cancer among women and so that is where most of the funding and research goes. However, this rise is mostly due to the large number of young women who continue to smoke despite knowledge of the deadly consequences.

Another report by the American Heart Association highlighted in the BBC discusses how women who are light smokers, who smoke just one or two cigarettes a day, double their chance of sudden death. The report goes on to say that the sooner women quit smoking, then their risk of sudden death decreases. The problem with statements such as this and reports that say, “as long as you quit smoking by 30, you can still avoid the risk of dying a tobacco-related death,” is that men and women read them and think that it is still okay to begin smoking.

Nations such as England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, whose governments are making it a priority to end smoking in their countries, should be applauded. Sign this petition and commend Scotland for banning tobacco displays and for joining in the global effort to end smoking.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Supreme Court of Scotland,

Thank you for following through with the ban on tobacco displays beginning in April of 2013. By making tobacco less visible in stores, it will help to discourage new smokers from starting and make it harder for current smokers to purchase more. Your efforts, in addition to those made by Europe, Wales, and Northern Ireland, will aid in the global effort to end smoking.

We can only hope that other nations will follow suit and join in the fight to end tobacco use world wide. Thank you for making a ban on tobacco displays a priority in your nation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

-Photo Credit: Cayetano via flickr

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