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Standardised tobacco packaging is vital to prevent children smoking

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) has welcomed the government's publication of its consultation document on standardised tobacco packaging on cigarettes.

Standardised packaging of cigarettes would mean that packets would no longer have the branding and bright colours that are known to appeal to children.

John Middleton, FPH Vice President for Policy, said: "We welcome the news that the government is consulting on this vital public health issue. We support plain packs for cigarettes because they make a lethal product less attractive to children.

"Non-branded packs save lives because it is less likely young people will start smoking. People may be sceptical about how much difference plain packs will really make. However, there is ample evidence that they are effective.

"We look forward with great interest to reading and responding to the consultation document."

FPH is a supporter of the Plain Packs Protects Partnership.

About the Faculty of Public Health

FPH is the standard-setting body for public health in the UK with more than 3,000 specialist public health members. FPH is a registered charity and advocates for better public health in the UK and around the world by stimulating debate on promoting, protecting and improving the public's health.

Please contact us for further details or to arrange an interview with John Middleton.

  • Liz Nightingale, Media and PR Officer: tel 020 7935 3115, email , mobile 07773 350833


Written: 16/04/2012 , last modified: 07/11/2012