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Stricter cigarette packaging rules come into force in UK

Cigarettes must be sold in standardised green packaging from this weekend Cigarette smoking laws change this weekend with ban on 10-packs and new plain packaging rules
Steve Phelps | 21 May, 2017, 02:42

Attorney General Maura Healey in 2015 finalized regulations banning the sale of e-cigs to anyone under the age of 18 and requiring child-proof packaging for e-cigs and e-cig liquids, but MA has not taken legislative action to regulate the fairly new alternative to traditional tobacco products.

A raft of new rules concerning the sale of cigarettes and tobacco have come into force, banning the sale of 10-cigarette packs and stipulating that all tobacco must be sold in plain green packets.

The restrictions are created to make cigarettes less attractive to the hundreds of children who start smoking everyday.

The U.K. has chose to go even further than the European Union in regulating tobacco products with a rule that standardizes cigarette packaging.

The greenish-brown colour has been described by some experts as "the ugliest colour in the world".

All packs must contain a minimum of 20 cigarettes to allow enough box space for the newly enlarged warnings, and hand-rolled tobacco pouches must also contain a minimum of 30g of tobacco.

Flavoured cigarettes and rolling tobacco are also banned.

The new rules are an attempt to cut the number of smokers across the European Union by 2.4 million.

Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK's director of prevention, said: "Smoking is still the single largest preventable cause of death in the UK and kills around 96,000 people every year - this can not continue".

Hazel Cheeseman, a spokesperson from Action on Smoking and Health, said that this form of packaging is a "form of advertising", and that cigarette companies have called this "their silent salesman", so the standard green packets are very much welcome.

France adopted plain cigarette packaging in January this year. "Now we need a tobacco control plan". However, a smokers' group argues that these changes "infantilize" customers and will not really make a difference when it comes to public health.

Forest director Simon Clark said: "The new regulations treat adults like naughty children".

"The new regulations are a disgraceful attempt to denormalise both the product and legitimate consumers".

"These measures were introduced not based on evidence or hard fact but on the dogma of various health lobby groups".

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