Tobacco: Packaging

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th December 2014.

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Photo of Lord Palmer Lord Palmer Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of indications that the introduction of plain packaging of tobacco products in other countries may have led to an increase in the consumption of cigarettes; and how they plan to take such findings into account before deciding whether to introduce such a policy in the United Kingdom.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of indications that the adult smoking rate in other countries may have increased following the introduction of plain packaging of tobacco products; and how they plan to take such findings into account before deciding whether to introduce such a policy in the United Kingdom.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of indications that youth smoking rates in other countries may have increased following the introduction of plain packaging of tobacco products; and how they plan to take such findings into account before deciding whether to introduce such a policy in the United Kingdom.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of indications that there has been an increase in the consumption of illegal tobacco in countries which may have introduced plain packaging of tobacco products; and how they plan to take such findings into account before deciding whether to introduce such a policy in the United Kingdom.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Government continues to consider carefully all issues relevant to the introduction of standardised packaging of tobacco products, including emerging evidence from Australia.

No final decision has been made on whether to introduce regulations to require standardised packaging of tobacco products.

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