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"What next? Standardised packaging for alcohol and sugary drinks?"

Wed 11th March, 2015

The smokers' group Forest has criticised the Government after MPs voted by a majority of 254 in favour of plain packaging of tobacco.

Three hundred and sixty-seven (367) were in favour with 113 against in a free vote.

Simon Clark, director of the smokers' group Forest which runs the Hands Off Our Packs campaign, said:

"The Government has ignored a substantial backbench rebellion and the views of hundreds of thousands of people who opposed, by big majorities, plain packaging in two public consultations.

"Consumers are fed up being patronised by politicians of all parties. Smokers know there are health risks associated with tobacco. Plain packaging won't make any difference to adults or to children.

"What next? Standardised packaging for alcohol and sugary drinks?"

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