Pro-smoking groups protest, but public backs plan to toughen tobacco law.
The minimum age at which people can buy cigarettes is to be raised from 16 to 18 years under plans being considered by the government. Department of Health sources have told The Observer that there is a case to be made for raising the age and is looking to consult on the issue, believing it could prove popular.
So, we get the situation where I could be in bed next to a lovely sixteen year old girl after something perfectly legal had occurred but would be breaking the law if I were to offer her a cigarette. Post-coital tristesse will never be the same again.