Government is “minded” to introduce plain packaging—after another consultation

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 04 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2596
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

The government has said it is to run another consultation on introducing standardised packaging for tobacco products in England, dashing hopes that a decision on the policy would immediately follow the publication of an independent review that backed the removal of all branding from packets of cigarettes and tobacco.1

Cyril Chantler, a former paediatrician and past chairman of University College London Partners, said that his review of the evidence led him to conclude that standardised packaging of tobacco products was likely to contribute a modest but important reduction in smoking, including reducing the number of children taking up smoking.

Launching his report on 3 April in London, Chantler said, “I hope I have not wasted my time, and I hope it [standardised packaging] happens and I hope it happens soon.”

The review follows another consultation held in 2012 that found that standardised packaging reduced the appeal of tobacco …

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