From November 1st, tobacco products will not be sold to minors anymore. Previously, people over 16 years old could buy tobacco products legally. Belgium was the only country in Europe where cigarettes were still sold to young people between the ages of 16 and 18.
This change in the legal age for buying tobacco was approved last April. The ban concerns cigarettes, rolling tobacco but also electronic cigarettes.
Studies show that the sooner young people start smoking, the sooner they become addicted to nicotine. According to the Cancer Foundation, this makes stop harder. In fact, data shows that the majority of tobacco users (90%) started smoking before the age of 18.