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ASH: 'Good evidence' plain cigarette packets will work

The government has confirmed that it is putting plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes on hold.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the government wanted to see how the policy had worked in Australia, the first country to introduce plain packaging last year, before making a "final decision".

However anti-smoking campaigner Deborah Arnott from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) believes plain packets will help stop children taking up the habit.

She told BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast, "Given there's good evidence about the packs being less attractive... we need to prioritise protecting our children from the marketing and promotion of the tobacco industry".

  • 12 Jul 2013
  • From the section Health
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