Welcome for vote on plain cigarette packs

Health chiefs in Blackpool have welcomed plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes.
Health chiefs in Blackpool have welcomed plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes.
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Health chiefs in Blackpool have welcomed an announcement that there will be a vote in Parliament on standardised tobacco packaging.

The Government is set to bring forward legislation before the end of this Parliamentary term.

The announcement followed years of campaigning and lobbying by bodies up and down the country, including Blackpool Council’s public health team.

Coun Eddie Collett, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for public health, said: “We welcome this news. The regulations still need to be passed into law but we understand that support amongst all MPs – especially in the North West – is strong.”

And Dr Arif Rajpura, Blackpool Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “The evidence is clear that heavily branded, brightly coloured packs are attractive to children.

“That’s why the tobacco industry spends vast amounts of time and money targeting young people and opposing this measure in 
order to recruit the next generation of smokers.”