Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) Council has welcomed the Government ban on child-friendly menthol-flavoured cigarettes.

The ban on menthol is the next step in the Government’s plan to make England smoke-free by 2030.

According to the Council, newly published figures show that 295 children aged 11-15 years old start smoking in BANES each year.

Figures show that 295 children aged 11-15 years old start smoking in BANES each year. Credit: PA

According to BANES Council, figures also show there are:

18,293

smokers in BANES.

200

deaths related to smoking each year in BANES.

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In a statement, the organisation says menthol is a popular starter product for children and that menthol smokers are also more likely to become heavily addicted and find it harder to quit.

It is better to not start smoking in the first place than to have to quit, which can take as many as 30 attempts. Many of those who experiment will become lifelong smokers, suffering serious smoking-related diseases and premature death.

Cllr Rob Appleyard, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, BANES Council