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Government to review benefits of standardised cigarette packaging

29th November 2013

An independent review has been commissioned by the Department of Health into the potential benefits of standardised tobacco packaging.

Paediatrician Sir Cyril Chantler has been asked to head up the review, which will examine whether such a move would be likely to have an effect on public health, particularly for children. The final report is expected in March 2014.

Additionally, the government will table an amendment to the Children and Families Bill, which would provide powers to bring forward regulations to introduce standardised packaging if Sir Cyril's report provides sufficient evidence to support doing so.

A consultation last year revealed strong views on both sides of this debate. Currently, only Australia has similar laws in place, though New Zealand and the Republic of Ireland have both committed to following suit.

Public health minister Jane Ellison said: "Two-thirds of smokers start as children, so we must continue to do all we can to encourage everyone to quit and in the case of children, not to start in the first place."

Cancer Research UK has welcomed the news, stating that standardised cigarette packaging would save thousands of lives by making this dangerous habit less appealing to youngsters.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801666963-ADNFCR

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