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Cigarettes in 'plain packets by 2016' according to government

Cigarettes will have to be sold in standardised packaging by May 2016, according to the government.

Public Health Minister Jane Ellison announced that a vote would be held on the matter before the next general election.

The regulations would only apply in England.

Australia is currently the only country in the world which enforces standardised, non-branded packaging for tobacco products.

Hugh Pym reports.

  • 21 Jan 2015
  • From the section UK
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