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Plain cigarette packets to reduce smoking


22 January 2015

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A law introducing plain cigarette packaging could come into force in 2016.

Following a series of consultations on the issue, it was announced that MPs would be asked to vote on the plan before the election in May.

Doctors believe that the move could save thousands of lives and will have an impact upon public health – particularly in children.

A law introducing plain cigarette packaging in England could come into force in 2016 after ministers said MPs would be asked to vote on the plan before May's general election.

A law introducing plain cigarette packaging could come into force in 2016.

Following a series of consultations on the issue, it was announced that MPs would be asked to vote on the plan before the election in May.

Doctors believe that the move could save thousands of lives and will have an impact upon public health – particularly in children.

A law introducing plain cigarette packaging in England could come into force in 2016 after ministers said MPs would be asked to vote on the plan before May's general election.

The Department of Health said the proposed design of the standardised packs had yet to be decided but released some examples of how they may look.

The examples are dull brown on the outside and white on the inside. Apart from health warnings, the brand or variant name will be the only text allowed.

Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing, said: "There's considerable evidence that standardised packaging would help reduce smoking rates, which is why the Government must legislate on this issue as soon as possible.

“There’s absolutely no time to waste. Smoking remains a major public health challenge, with thousands of patients dying every week from smoking-related diseases.

“It’s a positive step that Parliament will be given the opportunity to vote on standardised packaging regulations ahead of the general election. MPs now need to support public health by voting in favour of plain packaging of tobacco products.”

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