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PM Sunak’s new proposal aims to completely ban cigarettes

The United Kingdom’s prime minister is making eradication of smoking a top priority.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak explained Wednesday his proposition to ban cigarettes for a minimum age — then raise that age by one, year after year. 

“People take up cigarettes when they’re young. Four in five smokers have started by the time they’re 20,” he said. “Later, the vast majority try to quit … if we could break that cycle, if we could stop the start, then we would be on our way to ending the biggest cause of preventable death and disease in our country.” 

The British government previously raised the smoking age from 16 to 18 years old in 2007.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Timothy Nerozzi is a writer for Fox News Digital. You can follow him on Twitter @timothynerozzi and can email him at


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