MP calls for plain tobacco packaging

Rother Valley MP Kevin Barron is calling for plain tobacco packaging after an estimated 952 local young people started smoking in the last year.

Thursday, 25th April 2013, 2:37 pm
Public meeting called by MP Kevin Barron over the future of Dinnington miners welfare club (w110613-6d)

Exactly a year ago the Government launched a public consultation on tobacco packaging but has not yet issued a response.

Since the start of the consultation, more than 200,000 children have taken up smoking according to Cancer Research UK.

At a joint meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Smoking and Health and on Heart Disease last week, Mr Barron heard about the successful introduction of standard tobacco packaging in Australia.

Mr Barron said: “Cigarette packs are designed to make smoking look cool and attractive yet the reality is a life-time of addiction, illness and premature death.”

“If we are to stop a new generation becoming addicted to this deadly habit we need to act now. Australia has led the way with standard cigarette packs which show the gruesome truth about smoking.”

“The UK can, and should be the next country to implement this life-saving measure,” he added.

Get the Dinnington Guardian for just 63p a week when you subscribe - a saving of just 25%. Call 0844 9916464 or click on this link