UK May Be The Second Country After Australia That Will Introduce Plain Packaging For Cigarettes
This year UK plans to introduce a new law on cigarettes packaging.
The first wave in this direction was made by Australia. This country became the first in the world which offered and turned into reality the plain packets for tobacco products. It happened last December.
Now the UK Government is going to re-consider smoking policy. As the Guardian remarks ministers plan to forbid smoking in cars that carry children. Besides the Government is going to announce the future program directed to smoking decrease. The program will also include the discussion of the issue regarding the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products. The announcement will be presented already in May during the Queen's speech.
The offer was supported by Dr Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK who noted that plain packaging for cigarettes is a right decision that should deter people from smoking. The offer was discussed last April and was welcomed by health campaigners who expressed their opinions concerning the modern outlook of cigarette packages. They consider that bright outlook of packages is a marketing trick of tobacco companies that try to attract customers to their products.
The issue remained open till today. A representative from the Department of Health remarked that they received lots of suggestions concerning the issue of cigarette packaging and it has been still analyzed. The UK Government considers the issue really important believing that eliminating colorful design from cigarette packs will stop many young people from smoking. Namely the attractive design, as they believe, lures people to buy cigarettes.
Steve Crabb, communications manager of the British Lung Foundation noted that the measures that are planed to be introduced in soon future in the UK will improve the health of the nation. However, just think: a pack will be all the same thrown away no matter how it looks like. The more important thing is its content, and it will remain the same.