Plain Cigarette Packs

November 28, 2013 by  

Plain Cigarette Packs, The government is to announce an independent review of cigarette packaging in England, amid calls for action to discourage young smokers.

David Cameron appeared to distance himself from uniform packaging in July, saying further evidence was needed to show whether it would be effective.

But No 10 sources said the issue would be looked at again and the government was “open-minded” about what to do.

Labour said immediate action was needed, “not another review”.

Shadow public health minister Luciana Berger will ask an urgent question in the Commons on the subject at about 10:30 GMT.

The government has never officially ruled out changes to the cigarette packaging, saying in July that it wanted to see the results of a pilot scheme in Australia – the first country to introduce standardised packaging – before deciding whether to follow suit.

Analysis Nick Triggle Health correspondent

It is not surprising that the government appears to be looking again at the issue of plain packaging for cigarettes.

David Cameron has always been keen on the idea. In fact, it was the prime minister who pushed hard for it to become policy after the election rather than his first health secretary, Andrew Lansley, who was more circumspect.

It was, of course, controversial – and so ministers ended up shying away from it.

So what has changed? Australia still remains the only country in the world to have introduced unbranded packaging.

But early evidence suggests it was effective.

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