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Charities fear that standardised tobacco packaging may not be implemented before next election

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 27 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4303
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Experts and charities have urged the government to move quickly on its plans to introduce standardised packaging of cigarette and tobacco products.

In a written ministerial statement published on 26 June, Jane Ellison, public health minister for England, said that the government was publishing proposals for introducing the regulations that will govern standardised packaging.

These regulations set out the minimum size of government health warnings, as well as the size and position of tobacco branding on packaging. They are published as a short …

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