Our policy on standardised packaging for tobacco
After a long campaign standardised packaging will be introduced across the UK in May 2016. Two-thirds of smokers start by the age of 18 - the beginning of an addiction that will kill up to 2 in 3 long-term users. Standardised packaging of tobacco products will protect children from a deadly addiction and save lives.
Research shows that standard packs reduce the appeal of tobacco products to children and help demonstrate the realities of smoking by increasing the prominence of graphic health warnings. The introduction of standardised packaging in May 2016 will follow the removal of point of sale tobacco displays from all shops in April 2015. Tobacco displays reinforce the social norms of smoking among young people.
Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products
Standardised Packaging: Overview
Point of Sale Tobacco Displays
Cancer Research UK-funded report. Closing the Doors on Tobacco Promotion: an assessment of small retailer preparations for tobacco point of sale display removal
Cancer Research UK-funded report on smuggling, the tobacco industry, and plain [standard] packs, written by international expert on the illicit trade, Luk Joossens
Cancer Research UK-funded report on tobacco packaging written by the Centre for Tobacco Control Research
Cancer Research UK-core funded report on Point of Sale Display of Tobacco Products, written by the Centre for Tobacco Control Research
Cancer Research UK response to the consultation on standardised packaging of tobacco products
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