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June 1st, 2008:

UK Considers Teen Smoking Crackdown

1st June 2008 –

The British Government is considering banning cigarette machines and forcing manufacturers to sell cigarettes in plain boxes with no branding.

The Department of Health for England and Wales has put out a discussion paper that proposes making cigarette vending machines and packets of 10 cigarettes illegal, to try and target teenage smokers.

It also suggests the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes, carrying only the product name in standard lettering and without brand colours.

The department also wants to ban point of sale advertising and to force shops to put cigarette boxes beneath shop counters where they cannot be seen.

Tobacco manufacturers oppose the moves saying new laws need to be supported by credible evidence, and need to show they can address the Government’s stated objective of reducing smoking amongst teenagers.

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