Blackburn with Darwen Council calls for standardised cigarette packaging
1:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
BLACKBURN with Darwen Council has repeated its call for the Government to introduce standardised packaging on cigarette packets in the UK.
It comes on the back of new research by the University of Stirling that show that plain packaging will reduce the attractiveness of smoking to young people and make picture health warnings more effective.
Councillor Brian Taylor, the borough’s lead member for health, said: “This new research supports our case to encourage the Government to introduce standardised packaging in the UK and assist making smoking history for children.
“We’re in the middle of Stoptober at the moment which has highlighted all we’re trying to do locally to reduce the number of people smoking in the borough and reduce the number of cases of cancer and heart disease.
“The introduction of plain, standardised packaging is a vital step to make tobacco less attractive to children and young people, which is when most smokers start.
“In the North West, more than four out of five of those who try smoking do so before they are aged 14.”
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