The House of Lords has given overwhelming support to a Government amendment to the Children and Families Bill that will pave the way for standardised tobacco packaging in the UK. This means that the UK is almost certain to be one of the first countries in the world to ban the glitzy promotional features on cigarette packs. This follows the lead of Australia which introduced standardised packaging in December 2012. …to read the rest of this article click here »
The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2013 is: ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. On 31 May each year, World Health Organisation (WHO) marks World No Tobacco Day by highlighting the health risks of tobacco use and campaigning for effective policies to reduce consumption of tobacco. …to read the rest of this article click here »
The plain packs debate has been taken of this years Queens speech, but does this mean that the coalition government has given up on it? …to read the rest of this article click here »
On the 1st of December 2012 Australia became the first country to move over to plain packaging for cigarettes. All tobacco products will now have to be sold in dull brown packs completely devoid of branding, and dominated by a graphic health warning. Product names will appear in a standard colour, position, font size and style.
But what’s the point – argues the tobacco industry – surely no one buys cigarettes because of the packaging? In fact, peer reviewed studies have shown that plain packaging does reduce the appeal of cigarettes, especially to children. The health warnings are also more prominent meaning there is a reduced chance of people being misled about the harmful effects.
The UK held a public consultation on the subject over the summer, with over 200,000 people registering their support for plain packs. In a study carried out by YouGov and commissioned by ASH it was shown that 62% of UK adults would support the sale of tobacco in plain standardised packaging whereas just 11% said they would oppose*. Needless to say, the tobacco industry is doing its best to fight the proposals. Almost four months after the consultation ended, we are still waiting for a decision from the government.
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Putting forward the unfounded argument that plain packs will lead to more counterfeit cigarettes being available the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) has decided to fight back.
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Earlier this month we had a blog which focused on some great You Tube videos and we thought it was time for another. The American campaign group ‘The Truth’ was the focus of the last post (which you can see here) so this time we are having a more general look at some of the best smoking related videos out there… …to read the rest of this article click here »
More news on the industries fight against the plain packs movement from last weeks Guardian.
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It is almost 10 years since the UK brought in the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act but tobacco packaging is still used by the tobacco industry to advertise its products and attract people to buy them. This loophole needs to be closed. …to read the rest of this article click here »
Dr Harpal Kumar discusses plain packaging, recent successes in reducing the rates of young people smoking, and calls for a return to mass media stop smoking campaigns. Click here to read the interview
Tim Farnfield and Cecilia Farren from GASP attended the launch of Smoke Free South West’s Plain Packs campaign in Bristol. To see the presentation, read the
evidence and to send a message to your MP sign up to the campaign at the website: http://www.plainpacksprotect.co.uk