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Chantler review brings standard packs a step closer

The independent Chantler review into the public health benefits of standardised packaging for tobacco has been published.

The report concludes that “the body of evidence shows that standardised packaging, in conjunction with the current tobacco control regime, is very likely to  lead to a modest but important reduction over time on the uptake and prevalence of smoking and thus have a positive impact on public health”.

Commenting on the statement today from Jane Ellison, Minister for Public Health, Dr John Middleton, Vice President for Policy at the Faculty of Public Health, said: “We are very pleased that the Chantler review has concluded that there is a strong public health case for standardised cigarette packs. We need the government to introduce this measure as soon as possible to protect children's health and are pleased that the Minister for Public Health expects this to happen within this parliament.

“Every year, 340,000 children try smoking for the first time, and around 100,000 people die from smoking. Getting rid of colourful packaging will help make cigarettes less attractive and save lives.”

Written: 03/04/2014 , last modified: 08/07/2014