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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

CRITICISM OVER POLICY ON ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO SALE IN BELGIUM


Britain faces the biggest challenge in solving alcohol problems in the country: British teenagers on drinking spree

Britain faces the biggest challenge in solving alcohol problems in the country: British teenagers on drinking spree



Peter Piot, the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, finds it incomprehensible that Federal Health Minister, Maggie De Block’s policy on the sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors isn’t effective enough to prevent health hazards.  


"It is incomprehensible that Maggie De Block's doesn't want to change her policy on the sale of alcohol and tobacco to prevent young people from smoking and drinking because it supposedly would cost jobs. Such a policy does not cost any jobs but human lives," said Piot. 

Piot is not in favour of an absolute prohibition of tobacco and alcohol but calls for the increase of price of the two commodities. He said that during an interview with Knack, one of Belgium's news magazines.


Piot explains that in New York City, you may no longer smoke in Central Park and in Wales you may not smoke in cars if there is a child in it. That is good. What used to be permitted or ignored is now no more and vice versa. 


Piot stressed that a good physical health is also good for the economy. A smoker costs a lot of money to the society. The same applies to alcohol consumption, which is a big problem in Great Britain than in Belgium. 


According to him, the Government bears a great responsibility. "You can not prohibit people to have a drink. I am not an abstainer," says Peter Piot. 

In our opinion Piot is absolute right calling on De Block to consider changing her policy on alcohol and tobacco because many people are addicted to alcohol and tobacco. Frankly speaking, many live in a state of depression because of chronic alcohol consumption. 

In the past and present, the British government hasn't found solutions to its alcohol and teenage pregnancy problems which are not only affecting the economy but also inflating the medical cost. 

The world's first comprehensive report on global addictions has revealed Britain leads with one of the biggest problems with smoking and alcohol, while Australia take the most illegal drugs.  


"A bottle of vodka is cheaper than milk or orange juice. Surely this is not normal," says Piot. 

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