The omission of new laws to standardise tobacco packaging from the Queen’s speech has come under attack from a Fylde MEP.
Arlene McCarthy, who has championed the Smoke Free North West Campaign in Europe, said: “We have to call the Government’s commitment to public health into question.
“They are willing to forge ahead with their disastrous reorganisation of the NHS, but will not take the simple measure of standardising tobacco packaging, which will greatly reduce the attractiveness of tobacco.
“A child starts smoking every 28 minutes in North West.
“New estimates show that in the North West more than 18,000 children start smoking every year, which is 52 children a day.”
“The EU is revising its rules on tobacco and Labour MEPs want to introduce standardised packaging across Europe.”