We are delighted that the Royal College of Nursing has given its full backing to the Plain Packs Protect campaign:
Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive & General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom (RCN) said:
“Every day nurses see the serious health consequences of tobacco, and the RCN has consistently campaigned for initiatives to reduce the number of people who smoke. However, smoking remains the major cause of premature death and disease killing over 100,000 people each year.
“Crucially, we now need more robust ideas to stop young people smoking in the first place, such as clamping down on the use of tobacco packaging as advertising. This is why we support the campaign for plain standardised packaging.”
Fiona Andrews, Director of Smokefree South West said:
“This high profile endorsement by the RCN is yet more evidence that health professionals across the UK see the plain packaging of tobacco products as a significant step in preventing our children from a lifetime of addiction. We are delighted that such a prestigious organisation has joined us to help raise awareness of the need to close the loop on the last legally allowed form of tobacco advertising.
“340,000 children try smoking each year in the UK and we must remember that smoking is an epidemic that affects children and moving tobacco products into standardised, plain packaging is designed to protect them. To date 42,000 people give their backing at www.plainpacksprotect.co.uk and Smokefree South West and the RCN encourage people to visit the site to see the facts and support plain packs.”