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Sinn Féin welcome Assembly endorsement to remove cigarette displays

3 March, 2009 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA for West Belfast and member of the Health Committee, Sue Ramsey has welcomed the debate by the Assembly to endorse the removal of cigarette displays by 2010.

Speaking today Ms Ramsey said:

"I wrote to the Health Minister a number of weeks ago to enquire whether or not the legislation brought through Westminster would be extended to the North with regard to the banning of smoking advertising displays from shops. The Minister has since brought a proposal to do just this forward.

"I welcomed the fact that the Assembly is now seeking to endorse this measure and hoped that it will pass through the legislative process with ease. Clearly today's motion shows that there is a will for this to happen and it is indicative of the overall feeling with regards to smoking and the negative impact it has in terms of addiction and health concerns.

"The fact is, such displays are proven to entice an amount of young people to purchase cigarettes and that these displays have increased in number since the ban on cigarette advertising was introduced.

"With 3,000 people dying in the north each year due to smoking we must do all we can to protect the health of our children and young people and to give an aid to those who are attempting to give up smoking."

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