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

Standardised (“plain”) packaging of cigarettes regulations must be passed before the general election

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 29 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7751
  1. Nicholas S Hopkinson, chair1,
  2. Sanjay Agrawal, chair2,
  3. Rebecca Sherrington, chair3,
  4. Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary4,
  5. Janet Atherton, president5,
  6. Iolo Doull, president6,
  7. Hilary Cass, president7
  8. on behalf of 3096 doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers
  1. 1British Thoracic Society Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Specialist Advisory Group, Royal Brompton Hospital, Imperial College, London SW3 6NP, UK
  2. 2British Thoracic Specialist Advisory Group on Tobacco, Leicester, UK
  3. 3Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists, Guernsey, Channel Islands
  4. 4Royal College of Nursing, London, UK
  5. 5Association of Directors of Public Health, Sefton, UK
  6. 6British Paediatric Respiratory Society, Cardiff, UK
  7. 7Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London, UK
  1. n.hopkinson{at}

More than half a million children have taken up smoking since the government first announced it would consult on plain standardised packaging of cigarette packs in 2011,1 2 and every day hundreds more join them.3

After a strongly supportive government commissioned independent review of the evidence,4 the public health minister said she wanted to introduce the necessary regulations …

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