SMOKING will be banished in Britain for youngsters, King Charles confirmed today.
At the state opening of Parliament, the monarch confirmed Rishi Sunak will mount a historic crackdown on cigarettes by raising the legal age every year until there are no smokers left.
The PM has previously said: “We must tackle the single biggest entirely preventable cause of ill health, disability, and death. “And that is smoking, and our country. Smoking causes, one in four cancer deaths.”
The new plans mean a 14-year-old today will never legally be sold a cigarette.
The tough new anti-smoking measures would see the smoking age increased by a year every year to eventually make it illegal for anyone to buy cigarettes.