England’s health department agrees to independent review of standardised tobacco packaging

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 29 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7162
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

England may be a step closer to following other countries in introducing standardised packaging of tobacco products, after the government announced that it will take advice from a new independent review.

In a move likely to be seen as bowing to growing acceptance of the benefits of such a policy, the Department of Health announced on 28 November that it had commissioned an independent review of standardised packaging, which is due to report next spring.

The review, to be led by the paediatrician Cyril Chantler, will focus on the evidence that standardised packaging of tobacco products benefits public health, looking in particular at evidence from Australia, where such a policy was introduced a year ago.

The health department held a consultation on standardised packaging between April and August 2012,1 and in July this year it announced …

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