Government response to tobacco standardised packaging review April 4th, 2014 admin Latest News Shares Comments Government response to tobacco standardised packaging review Government minded to introduce regulations to provide for standardised packaging of tobacco products, subject to a short consultation. The Government has announced that it is minded to introduce regulations to provide for standardised packaging of tobacco products, subject to a short consultation. The announcement follows Sir Cyril Chantler presenting the report of his independent review into whether or not the introduction of standardised packaging is likely to have an effect on public health, particularly for children, to the Government. The report makes a compelling case that if standardised packaging were introduced it would be very likely to have a positive impact on public health and that would include health benefits for children. The report states that branded packaging plays an important role in encouraging young people to smoke and that it is highly likely that standardised packaging would serve to reduce the rate of children taking up smoking. It also concludes that standardised packaging is likely to contribute to a modest but important reduction in smoking and therefore have a positive impact on public health. In light of this review and the responses to our consultation in 2012, Health Ministers are currently minded to proceed with introducing regulations to provide for standardised packaging. Across the UK, over 200,000 children aged between 11-15 start smoking every year – this equates to around 600 children starting smoking every day. Sir Cyril Chantler’s review makes the point that if this rate was reduced by just 2 per cent it would mean that 4,000 fewer children would be taking up smoking each year. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!