Plain Packaging

From Today, Cigarette Packs Will Never Look the Same Again

Daniel Hunt | Posted 20.05.2017 | UK
Daniel Hunt

You might not notice it just yet, but the UK has become the latest country to introduce plain, standardised packaging of cigarettes, along with Australia and France. The switch follows a landmark 'yes' vote in the House of Commons just over a year ago that saw MPs from all parties take a stand against tobacco marketing. And following a final failed legal challenge tobacco companies are no longer allowed to manufacture glitzy packs that evidence shows act as a 'silent salesman' to children. Here's how packs will change:

One Step Closer to Plain Cigarette Packaging

Ann McKechin | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Politics
Ann McKechin

With the big tobacco companies so focussed on attracting young smokers through pack design, plain packaging is a key step for any country to introduce in the battle to lessen the consequences of smoking to the health service and society in general. Too many people are needlessly dying prematurely because of smoking and too many young people are still being hooked - let's use the next few weeks to save lives and reduce the burden on our NHS.

Plain Packaging: A Victory for Freedom and Democracy

Jonathan Young | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Young

As an ex-drinker, I still look at a bottle of Old Speckled Hen with feelings of nostalgia, as it links to a time when I was in a pub with friends after a hard day's work. Plain packaging will remove this link and (in my opinion) will undoubtedly lead to a drop in smoking rates.

After U-Turns on U-Turns, the Government Must Now Honour Their Promise on Standardised Packaging of Tobacco

Luciana Berger | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

Why has it taken so long for the Government to reach this point? It has been years since the idea was first proposed and it was almost a year ago that MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of it. In that time, over 200,000 children would have smoked their first cigarette - the delay is inexcusable.

Farage Thinks Plain Cigarette Packaging Is 'Utterly Bloody Barmy'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Politics

Cigarette plain packaging is "utterly bloody barmy", Nigel Farage has insisted as he disclosed he asks shop assistants for defunct brands for "a bit o...

Plain Packaging for Cigarettes Epitomises Policy Made on the Back of a Fag Packet

Joe Storey | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Storey

Plain packaging fails to reduce the volume of smoking, alongside exacerbating illicit tobacco trade and counterfeits. A KPMG study published in October 2013, entitled Illicit Tobacco, concluded that plain packaging was ineffective in terms of reducing tobacco consumption in Australia.

More Proof Plain Cigarette Packaging Is A Good Thing

PA | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK

Cigarettes in brightly coloured packs are considered to be less harmful than others, a poll suggests prompting health campaigners to renew calls for p...

LOOK: What Cigarette Packets Used To Be Like

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK

If the government does, after all, bring in plain packaging for cigarettes, it will mean an abrupt end to the evolution of fag packets over the years....

Crosby Denies 'Any Conversation' With Cameron Over Plain Packaging

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Politics

Conservative election adviser Lynton Crosby today denied that he has had "any conversation or discussion" with Prime Minister David Cameron on the iss...

'Makes Smoking Less Appealing, And Encourages Quitting', Study Finds

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK

Cigarettes sold in plain, sludge-green packets are less appealing and make smokers "prioritise quitting", a new study from Australia suggests, but the...

Industry Trumps Evidence in Tobacco Packaging U-Turn

The Conversation UK | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

By Holly Jarman, University of Michigan The government's disappointing U-turn over plain packaging of tobacco has dealt a blow to campaigners and sho...

Should David Cameron Ditch His Election Strategist?

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Politics

Liberal Democrats are calling on David Cameron to ditch his election campaigner following the decision to shelve plain cigarette packs. Former heal...

Will The Queen's Speech Pander To Farage?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been accused of pandering to Ukip after trumpeting an immigration crackdown and dropping policies that upset Nigel Farage's party. ...

Standardised Packs Plainly Part of Public Health Solution

Simon Gillespie | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Gillespie

Last week, more than 50 young people from all over the country travelled to voice their support for standardised cigarette packaging at British American Tobacco's Annual General Meeting in London... Their colourful banners stated 'plain packs protect' while another read 'I don't ever wanna lose my best friend, smoking kills'.

Tobacco Giant Desperate To Avoid Plain Cigarette Packaging

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK

A tobacco giant has ramped up its lobbying against plain cigarette packaging - challenging the Department of Health with a national advertising campai...

Cigarette Giant's Anti-Plain Packaging Advert Banned For Being Misleading

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK

An anti-plain packaging campaign advert placed in national newspapers by one of the biggest tobacco giants has been banned after it was found to have ...

Could The UK Be About To Introduce Plain Packaging For Cigarettes?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK

Could plain packaging for cigarettes be more than just smoke without fire? The move is set to be announced in the Queen's speech in May, according ...

Plain Packaging Will Create a Fertile Ground for Tobacco Smuggling

Peter Sheridan | Posted 01.02.2013 | UK
Peter Sheridan

If plain packaging goes ahead, counterfeiters who currently have to copy hundreds of different cigarette pack styles, will instead have just one. It will make the production process quicker. It will also make intelligence led investigations even more tricky as communities and retailers find it more difficult to tell apart the counterfeit from the genuine product.

'Ugly' Cigarette Packaging Ruins Taste, Australian Smokers Say

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK

Sludge green packaging with gruesome pictures of rotting teeth, eyeballs, blackened lungs and suffering babies will become mandatory for tobacco in Au...

More Evidence That We Need to Stop Tobacco Marketing

Henry Scowcroft | Posted 08.10.2012 | UK Politics
Henry Scowcroft

We're engaged in an epic battle with the tobacco industry over plain packaging.

Tackling the 'Silent Salesman' Glitzy Cigarette Packets - Plain Packs are an Idea Worth Trying

Michael Dugher | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

I don't believe that plain packaging is going to stop all young people from starting smoking, but it may well prevent some from doing so.

Government Plans for Plain Packaging Will Boost Illicit Trade

Roy Ramm | Posted 31.08.2012 | UK
Roy Ramm

It would be disastrous if the government, by introducing plain-packaging legislation, removes the simplest mechanism for the ordinary consumer to tell whether their cigarettes are counterfeit or not.

Tobacco Firms Have Failed to Act on Radioactivity in Cigarettes - Here's Why

Oliver Childs | Posted 24.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Oliver Childs

It's a plot worthy of Hollywood - a fatal radioactive poison, secret documents, suppressed information, and drugs. But this isn't fiction. This is the story of the tobacco industry's knowledge, policy and inaction around radioactive material in cigarette smoke.

Plain Tobacco Packs Awaken a Sleeping Tobacco Industry

Simon Chapman | Posted 08.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Chapman

Just one disease caused by smoking - lung cancer - was rare before 1930. Over the next 50 years, it rose to become the world's leading cause of cancer death. In countries like Australia it is now on the wane. Plain packaging will accelerate its eventual demise as a major cause of death.

How Children and Young People Are Hoodwinked by Cigarette Packaging

Maura Gillespie | Posted 27.02.2012 | UK
Maura Gillespie

But I don't mind admitting that when I was young and impressionable I once dabbled with tobacco, sneaking a puff from a friend's cigarette behind the bushes at the local 'rec' to make sure I looked 'cool'.