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Danish Regions will raise the price of cigarettes to 80 dollars

the Price of a pack of cigarettes should be doubled from 40 to 80 dollars. In addition, there must be introduced the legal requirement that shops must store tobacco products under the counter, that cigarettes must be in the neutral packages, and that children and young people not to smoke at schools or during school hours.

How does it sound in a proposal from the Danish Regions, which will have to reduce the number of children and young people from starting to smoke.

It writes Jyllands-Posten.

Stephanie Lose (V), chairman of the Danish Regions, indicates two reasons for regions to reopen the debate.

- one reason is that there's not happening anything at Christiansborg. Therefore, I believe that it is important that many mixes in the here debate.

- The second reason is that we, sitting with health care in daily life and have the responsibility to drive it, the consequences up close, says Stephanie Lose to Ritzau.

She doesn't expect that the regions themselves can move something at Christiansborg. The point is that the more parties together to push in the right direction, sounds.

- It is important that we get the prices of cigarettes up. It is the greatest service we can do our children and young people, says Stephanie Lose.

dying Each year, approximately 13.600 danes according to the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten because of smoking. The initiative of the Danish Regions now, because over a five year period there has been a rise in the number of young smokers, so that 28,5 percent of the 16-24-year-olds smoking daily or occasionally.

It is a unanimous board across party lines in the Danish Regions, which is behind the proposal. Regionsmedlemmerne from V, P and DF goes against their party line in parliament.

According to Morten Grønbæk, director of the State Department of public Health, the prize has great significance for the consumption of cigarettes.

- If you put the price of a pack of cigarettes up to 80 crowns, we will see a dramatic decrease in the number of young people smoking, he says to Jyllands-Posten.

Among other things, the Danish Cancer society, Vidensråd for the Prevention and the medical association has in the past pressed the Danish Parliament to implement initiatives such as those, the Danish Regions are now launching.

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