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    Belgium bans tobacco sales to minors under age 18

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    The sale of tobacco products to minors will be banned from the 1st of November. 

    Up until now, it has been legal to sell tobacco products to minors over 16 years old. 

    This ban will include cigarettes, rolling tobacco and electronic cigarettes. Belgium was the only country in Europe where cigarettes were still sold to teenagers 16 to 18-year old. 

    The Cancer Foundation said studies show that the younger people start to smoke, the quicker they become addicted to nicotine and the harder it is for them to stop.

    The majority of tobacco consumers (90%) started smoking before they turned 18. 

    This change in the minimum legal age for buying cigarettes was voted in back in April.

    Sarah Johansson
    The Brussels Times