Standardising cigarette packaging to discourage smokers

cigarettesIn an attempt to discourage people from smoking or to start smoking the council have welcomed the MP’s vote to standardise cigarette packaging.

From 2016 every cigarette packet will look the same except for the make and brand name. Each packet will also display graphic photos accompanying health warnings, subject to approval by the House of Lords.

Every day 600 children aged between 11 and 15 start to smoke, that’s more than 200,000 a year. If that number could be cut even by 2%, 4,000 fewer would take up the habit. Which is why they think that standardising packaging is worth a try.

Councillor Joyce Bosnjak, chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board, said:

“This is excellent news and the new standardised packaging will help to visually reinforce the message that smoking is harmful to health.”

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