The Netherlands begins to implement its plan to ban smoking
On Friday, the Dutch government announced that it will ban the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products in stores, starting from 2024, and a ban on cigarette vending machines will be imposed at the beginning of 2022, in addition to a ban on selling them in stores.
The government said that would eliminate more than 11,000 tobacco outlets out of 16,000 available in the country.
In consumer stores, the sale of cigarettes constitutes about 55% of sales.
In 2008, the Dutch government banned smoking in bars and restaurants and removed designated smoking areas in train stations, as well as inside buildings housing business offices and companies. They must take these measures by 2022.
The Dutch government said that these measures are being taken to urge people to quit smoking by 2024.