TMA responds to the Government’s launch of the plain packaging consultation

TMA responds to the Government’s launch of the plain packaging consultation

Giles Roca, Director General of the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association (TMA), commented:

“The tobacco industry supports proportionate legislation and works hard to stop under-age sales. Indeed, the industry stands ready to work with Government and health profession on measures to reduce children’s access to tobacco. However, introducing ineffective tools such as plain packaging is not the answer. We now know that plain packaging has proven not to work, with evidence from Australia showing it has resulted in an increase in illicit trade. There is also clear evidence that organised criminality would seek to take advantage of plain packaging by making it easier to bring illicit tobacco into the UK which is likely to result in more not less instances of under-age smoking.

“We therefore welcome this consultation as a further opportunity to set out the true facts and evidence around the weaknesses of plain packaging. Given the Government’s commitment to evidence-based policy making, we would urge it to consider all the facts in their entirety, before moving forward on such a decision.”

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Notes

The consultation on standardised packaging will run for 6 weeks from 26 June 2014 – 7 August 2014 and is available to view/download
Standardised packaging of tobacco products: draft regulations:

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