Cigarette packaging review welcomed by the Worcestershire Tobacco Control Alliance

Evesham Journal: Cigarette packaging review welcomed Cigarette packaging review welcomed

AN independent review of cigarette packaging has been welcomed by the Worcestershire Tobacco Control Alliance.

The review is due for completion in March and it could lead to the implementation of standardised cigarette packaging in England, something which the alliance’s chairman, councillor Marcus Hart, is backing.

The alliance believes taking away the powerful marketing tool of packaging will discourage people from finding smoking appealing or fashionable.

Coun Hart said: "As chair of the Worcestershire Tobacco Control Alliance Group, I welcome the news that the government is moving the review of standardised packaging forward.

“The body of evidence to date shows that attractive packaging does influence young people encouraging them to take up smoking.

“We anticipate that Sir Cyril Chantler's review will confirm this, and hope that tight regulation will quickly follow, saving the lives of future generations."

Evidence shows almost two thirds of smokers in 2009 took up smoking before they were 18 and statistics from Worcestershire County Council show only six per cent of smokers started smoking over the age of 25.

Smoking remains the biggest single avoidable cause of premature death and half of all long term smokers will be killed by their smoking habits.

According to Cancer Researh, every year 100,000 people in the UK die of a smoking-related illness.

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2:56pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Samboy says...

Nanny State! I do not believe the sight of a cigarette packet has ever persuaded someone to take up the habit.
Nanny State! I do not believe the sight of a cigarette packet has ever persuaded someone to take up the habit. Samboy

6:17pm Tue 3 Dec 13

jb says...

If someone wants to smoke then it doesn't matter if they're in plain packets or hidden away behind shutters they will still smoke. It's down to personal choice, there's enough information put out about the dangers and the health risks so if putting shocking pictures didn't work why should plain packets?
If someone wants to smoke then it doesn't matter if they're in plain packets or hidden away behind shutters they will still smoke. It's down to personal choice, there's enough information put out about the dangers and the health risks so if putting shocking pictures didn't work why should plain packets? jb

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