The UK is one step closer to introducing standardized packaging for tobacco products. In an address to the House of Commons, Jane Ellison MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, called for swift action in light of the recent report confirming the likely positive impact standardized packaging would have on the health of children.
“In light of this report and the responses to the previous consultation in 2012 I am therefore currently minded to proceed with introducing regulations to provide for standardised packaging. However, before reaching a final decision and in order to ensure that that decision is properly and fully informed, I intend to publish the draft regulations, so that it is crystal clear what is intended, alongside a final, short consultation, in which I will ask, in particular, for views on anything new since the last full public consultation that is relevant to a final decision on this policy. I will announce the details about the content and timing of that very shortly but would invite those with an interest to start considering any responses they might wish to make now. The House will understand that I want to move forward as swiftly as possible.”