UK health secretary says he's considering banning cigarettes from display counters
Britain's health secretary says he thinks shops should be forced to sell cigarettes under the counter, the AP reported.
Health Secretary Alan Johnson tells the British Broadcasting Corp. that a Scottish move to ban shopkeepers from selling cigarettes openly is a good one.
He said Sunday the British government is considering implementing the same sort of rule nationally.
It was one a host of new anti-smoking proposals he said would be made next week.
Other proposals include banning cigarette vending machines and forcing retailers to sell a minimum of 20 smokes at a time to reduce affordability.
Britain already bans smoking in offices, restaurants and pubs. Cigarettes are heavily taxed and will soon have to bear images of smoke-stained lungs and cancerous tumors.