One more month to go for plain packs

Thursday, 5 July 2012  at 15:44

Today the Government announced a one month extension to the consultation on plain packs:

‘The Government has been asked to provide more time for people to respond to the consultation.  We want to maximise the opportunity that people have to provide their views and evidence.  The Government is, therefore, extending the consultation period for an extra month.  The new closing date of the consultation is Friday, 10 August 2012.’

This is fantastic news and allows even more chance for people to be heard on this vital issue that could protect future generations from a lifetime of addiction and possible premature death. Please continue to share the plain packs message with friends, family and colleagues.

Public Health Minister Anne Milton said:

'Smoking remains one of the most significant challenges to public health. Health ministers across the UK have a responsibility to look at initiatives that may help to reduce the number of young people taking up smoking and assist existing smokers who are trying to quit. We have an open mind about the introduction of standard packing and want to take full account of all views on the possible benefits and disadvantages of action in this area.

“We have received thousands of responses to the consultation already but we want to make sure that everyone who wants to contribute can. So we are extending the closing date to Friday, 10 August 2012.'

This week we launched our newest viral on tobacco packaging, we hope you like it.

* This number reflects the total amount of people who have signed up to support the plain packaging of tobacco products, via the Plain Packs Protect Partnership (logos below), British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK websites.
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