Krebshilfe criticizes the tobacco advertising ban as insufficient

Smoking warning on cigarette box, about dts
Smoking warning on cigarette box, about dts
The German Cancer Aid criticized the tobacco advertising ban on the Federal Council's agenda on Friday as inadequate.

It is a "late ban with loopholes", said the chairman of the board Gerd Nettekoven of the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung" (Friday edition). At the same time, he appealed to the federal government to promptly implement further, long overdue measures of tobacco prevention.

According to him, these include, in particular, significantly higher taxes on tobacco products and e-cigarettes. According to the bill passed by the Bundestag at the beginning of July, an advertising ban on outdoor areas such as billboards or bus stops will apply from 2022 - but initially only for conventional tobacco products. The outdoor advertising ban will apply to tobacco heaters from 2023, and one year later outdoor advertising for e-cigarettes will also be banned. Nettekoven spoke of loopholes and said: "We would have liked much shorter deadlines here." Cancer Aid is also concerned about the exceptions that still exist. "Even if the law is to be fully implemented in four years, the products will continue to be publicly advertised in the future: In cinemas for films that are not approved for young people and at points of sale that include not only specialist shops, but also petrol stations, supermarkets and stationery stores," said the cancer aid boss. Personal application at concerts, events and on social media will not be affected, added Nettekoven. The German Cancer Aid has always advocated a comprehensive and complete advertising ban and will continue to demand this in the future. Every year, according to Nettekoven, around 120.000 people across the country die from the effects of their nicotine addiction. Smoking is the biggest preventable cancer risk factor. Cancer Aid warns that 14 types of cancer have been shown to be favored by the consumption of tobacco products.