CIEH comments on standardised tobacco products packaging

Publication Date: 19th May 2016

Subject: Public health

Following the news today (Thursday 19 May) that the tobacco companies’ legal challenge to standardised packaging failed and the new packaging regulations are to come into effect in the UK tomorrow (Friday 20th May 2016), Ian Gray of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), said: 

“The cigarette packet is the last remaining vehicle for advertising available to the manufacturers and suppliers of tobacco products. We have fully supported the campaign for the introduction of standardised packaging because this will stop the pack being used to promote tobacco products and help make smoking history for our children.

“We will continue to feed into the Government as they develop a new national tobacco plan and support Environmental Health Practitioners in local authorities who are developing smokefree policies in the workplace in order to help reduce the number of smokers in the country and improve public health.”


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