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Plain packaging process has been a "sham"

Mon 16th March, 2015

Responding to the news that peers have approved plans for standardised packaging of tobacco, Forest described the process as a "sham".

Director Simon Clark said:

"Government denied MPs a debate on plain packaging and now the legislation has been approved by peers without a vote. The process has been a sham from start to finish.

"A huge majority opposed plain packaging in two public consultations. The government has wilfully ignored the opinions of hundreds of thousands of people.

"Standardised packaging has nothing to do with health. It won't stop children smoking and it could fuel illicit trade. Black marketeers will be delighted."

See: UK Passes Law to Require Plain Cigarette Packaging in England (Newsweek Europe)

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