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Danish youths smoke more cigarettes than the Norwegians. Secret in Norway is to hide it from youths

Thursday, 29 December 2011
Danish youths smoke more than the Norwegian youths and other Nordic Youths. Why the vast difference is that in Norway, young people bypass tobacco, because the stores have been forced to hide cigarettes away from plain view.

Looking at ways to reduce the rate of smoking in Denmark, authorities seek sources of inspiration and the unlikely place to get that is the neighbouring Norway. The chairman of Danish Dieses Prevention, Professor Morten Grønbæk, who previously served on the Prevention Commission said in an observation after looking at the differing trends in the harmful product consumption that such a move would make sense in Denmark.

This happens after the Danish government and the Alliance party wants to continue to force the Danish stores to remove cigarettes from the shelves so that similar achievement as seen in Norway can be replicated in Denmark. Smoking rates have decreased there.

“One has a clear idea that such a move has helped in Norway:  to store the cigarettes away from view. Smoking rates have declined in Norway recently, and we know that Danish adolescents smoke more than their peers in the other Nordic countries,” says Morten Grønbæk.

The believe here is that the proposal will have a major effect - if any – among those he calls "Billy Joel-smokers."

The conscious heavy smokers will probably not stop at that because they know that they can ask in the stores if they really can’t see cigarettes. This is aimed at especially the young people who can be helped by not exposing these fancy cigarette packs with their fine names and colours, according to the professor.

He also emphasizes, however, that Norway also has introduced a wide range of actions beyond the hiding –of- cigarette game that may have had an effect - among other things, that a pack of cigarettes cost in the neighbourhood of Nkr65.

“It sounds funny, to force shops to safe hide cigarettes but surely it is recognition that cigarettes really should be illegal,” says Morten Grønbæk.

The opposition in parliament rejects the government's proposals. The Left party called the proposal an expression of "nanny mentality", while the Conservatives call it "playful".
By Scancomark.se Team

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