Cigarettes to be sold in plain packs from 2016

Cigarettes to be sold in plain packs from 2016
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‘Thousands of lives’ will be saved after a vote to enforce plain tobacco packaging was passed in the House of Commons.

Anti-smoking campaigners insisted standardised packaging on tobacco products would help prevent the next generation from taking up the habit.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health, said: ‘The government, and MPs from all parties, are to be congratulated for resisting the bully-boy tactics and misinformation of the tobacco industry and for implementing the most important public health reform of this parliament.’

The regulations were approved by MPs by a margin of 367 to 113.

Plain packaging had been bitterly opposed by some Conservatives and Ukip was also against the plan.

The regulations will now go to the House of Lords next week.

If passed, the new rules are expected to take effect from May next year.

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British Heart Foundation chief executive Simon Gillespie added: ‘This is a landmark victory that will go a long way to reducing smoking rates, improving the nation’s health and saving thousands of lives.’

Kay Boycott, chief executive of Asthma UK, said: ‘Today’s vote on standardised packaging for cigarettes is a landmark victory for people with asthma.’

David Cameron’s official spokesman said: ‘The prime minister voted in favour of this change. He is pleased that it has gone through.’

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11 March 2015 | 10:31 pm – Source:


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