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Cigarettes may soon be sold in plain packets

Cigarettes may soon be sold in plain packets Announcement expected on Wednesday

Cigarettes may soon be sold in plain packets, without any colour, logos, brands or text.

Under strict new measures expected to be announced by the government on national No Smoking Day this Wednesday, the only prominent writing on packets will be a government health warning.

Further measures expected to be announced include a ban on the display of tobacco products in shops, in a bid to make tobacco less appealing, especially to young people.

According to the most recent figures from 2009-2009, around 22 per cent of the population are smokers.

Originally the display ban for large shops was intended to start in October 2011 but Health Secretary Andrew Lansley will probably delay this by an extra year to give retailers time to comply with the new regulations, the Independent newspaper reported.

Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International, Philip Morris and British American Tobacco will seek to challenge the ban through the courts.

This article was published on Mon 7 March 2011



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