(London Daily Mail) It’s a radical proposal that will be welcomed warmly by some and labelled outrageous by others – introducing a ‘smoker’s licence’ to help reduce the damaging effects of tobacco.

The unusual suggestion was made by Professor Simon Chapman from the University of Sydney in Australia in this week’s PLOS Medicine.

Users would have to apply and pay for a mandatory licence in the form of a smartcard that would be shown when buying cigarettes. Dr Chapman said this could discourage teenagers from picking up the habit.

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