Lords approve amendment to standardised tobacco packaging as a victory for children’s health

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 »

World No Tobacco Day – Friday 31 May 2013

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 »

Advance Australia Plain!

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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*Source: http://www.ash.org.uk/

GASP You Tube Favourites Prt 2…..

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 »