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Government delays introduction of standardised packs

Commenting on reports in today’s media that the government has decided to delay the introduction of plain packs for cigarettes, Professor John Ashton, President of the Faculty of Public Health said:

“The government’s decision not to introduce standardised packs for cigarettes makes no sense. By not taking action now, up to 200,000 children and young people will start smoking this year who would otherwise not have done and will go on to develop health problems – or worse. The only people to benefit from this delay are the shareholders of tobacco companies. We call on the government to urgently reconsider this decision and take responsibility for the health of children and young people by introducing standardised packs.”

Written: 12/07/2013 , last modified: 11/10/2013