Plain packs will make no difference to illegal tobacco trade, says report

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 23 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7992
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The introduction of plain cigarette packaging in the United Kingdom would not boost the illegal tobacco trade, says a report commissioned by Cancer Research UK.

The report criticises “unjustified” claims made by tobacco companies that plain packs would be easier to counterfeit than branded designs and would lead to further illicit production and smuggling.1

Its author, Luk Joossens, who works for the Association …

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