Philip Morris report: thousands of jobs are risk

Tuesday, 9 April 2013  at 12:27

A Philip Morris report suggests thousands of jobs are at risk if plain packaging for cigarettes and tobacco is introduced.

The industry led report argues that thousands of jobs could be lost with convenience stores across the UK closing for good if plain packaging for cigarettes and tobacco products is introduced, according to a report released today and commissioned by Philip Morris Ltd.

The report suggests up to 30,000 out of the 182,300 jobs in Britain's small independent retailers are at risk and concludes tobacco purchases will migrate to illegal street vendors, larger stores and purchases from abroad.

Douglas McWilliams, co-author of the report, said: "Convenience stores depend heavily on tobacco sales and the associated spending by those who drop in to buy cigarettes.

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