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Young people back plain packaging calls

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Calls for the government to bring in plain cigarette packaging have been backed by members of Lancashire’s Youth Council.

In April of this year, the government announced that standardised plain packaging for cigarettes is to be introduced in England, after a review of the evidence which found that unbranded packs could cut the number of children starting to smoke.

At the recent Tobacco Free Futures event, three members of Lancashire Youth Council expressed the hope that the government will bring forward the draft regulations needed to make the change.

Clio Talbot, 17 from Clayton-le-moors, attended the event with the support of staff from Lancashire County Council.

Clio said: “We found that this was a very interesting day that gave an insight into how the tobacco companies influence young adults to smoke.

“We believe that this is wrong and that plain packaging should be introduced, as it will help decrease the amount of people that start smoking and will improve the population’s health.

Jo McCullagh, Public Health Specialist at the county council, said “Smoking rates among young people in Lancashire remain higher than England as a whole, with one in six of our 14-17 year olds smoking.

“Tobacco packaging design remains a mobile promotional tool that advertises brands and advocates smoking to children - every smoker promotes their chosen tobacco brand each time they take a cigarette from a pack.”

 

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