Letters Open letter to the prime minister/secretary of state for health

Please confirm that the regulations on standardised (“plain”) packaging of cigarettes and tobacco products will be published soon

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3779 (Published 10 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3779
  1. Nicholas S Hopkinson, consultant chest physician and chair British Thoracic Society chronic obstructive pulmonary disease specialist advisory group1,
  2. John Britton, professor of epidemiology2,
  3. Anna Gilmore, professor of public health3,
  4. John Moxham, professor of respiratory medicine4,
  5. John R Ashton, president5
  6. On behalf of 584 others
  1. 1National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London SW3 6NP, UK
  2. 2University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  3. 3University of Bath, Bath, UK
  4. 4King’s College London, London, UK
  5. 5UK Faculty of Public Health, London, UK
  1. n.hopkinson{at}ic.ac.uk

Smoking related disease remains the main cause of preventable deaths in the UK, killing more than 100 000 people each year. Most smokers start in childhood, and exposure to tobacco marketing is known to increase this risk.1 To protect public health, particularly the health of children at risk of becoming smokers, it is therefore necessary and logical to end the marketing …

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