Finland sets goals to eliminate tobacco use by 2040

Finland has just set a revolutionary goal by planning to make itself tobacco-free by 2040.

The new plan seeks to have less than 2 percent of adults using tobacco products by the deadline with new levels of tobacco control coming into effect. The country is setting even stricter measures in place so as not to "fall into the trap of other policies that have less harmful products" like e-cigarettes or oral tobacco.

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Apart from raising the price of tobacco products, vendors who sell tobacco have to apply for a license and then pay an annual fee of up to $536 per checkout or cashier to cover the costs of surveillance officers.

Finland will also be creating smoke balconies, where residents can apply for a ban if their neighbor's smoke is disturbing them.

Limiting the appeal of tobacco to minors is also part of the plan. They are banning flavors of tobacco and vapor that may entice kids to try it. While Finland is not alone in its crusade to end smoking, it is the first country as a whole to "realistically set that goal."

Written by Josh King

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