els paquets de cigarrets de fricció podrien ser introduïts per 2015

Plain cigarette packets could be introduced by 2015

Cigarettes could be sold in plain packets in Britain from 2015 after the government moved Thursday to revive a policy aimed at stopping young people from taking up smoking.

Junior health minister Jane Ellison said that an independent review of the evidence on plain packaging would be carried out by March.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s government had in July postponed plans to force tobacco firms to use plain packaging, saying it was waiting to see the effects of a similar move in Australia.

The government was reported to be worried about the impact on jobs in the tobacco industry that any ban on branded packaging might have as Britain emerges from recession.

But ministers have now changed course by announcing the review.

“Hem de fer tot el possible per evitar que els joves comencin a fumar en primer lloc si volem reduir les taxes de tabaquisme,” Ellison va dir al Parlament.

“Crec que ha arribat el moment de buscar un punt de vista independent de si és probable que tingui un efecte sobre la salut pública de la introducció dels envasos estandarditzada. en particular, Vull saber sobre l'impacte que poden tenir sobre els joves.”

Austràlia a desembre de l'any passat es va convertir en el primer país al món per obligar les empreses tabaqueres de vendre cigarrets en idèntica, paquets de color verd oliva que porten el mateix tipus de lletra i en gran part coberts d'advertiments sanitaris gràfics.

organitzacions benèfiques per a la salut han pressionat perquè un moviment similar a Gran Bretanya, dient paquets de marca de colors animen els joves a veure fumar com una activitat glamurosa.

But tobacco companies have said a ban would have little impact on smoking levels and would lead to a rise in counterfeit cigarettes.

The opposition Labour party accused Cameron’s Conservative-led government of ordering the review because it was set to lose a vote on plain packaging in the upper House of Lords next month.

Only a government as shambolic as this one could now be u-turning on a u-turn,” said Labour’s health spokeswoman Luciana Berger.

Standardised packaging makes cigarettes less attractive to young people. We should be legislating now, not delaying.

Cameron came under fire in July when the ban on branded packaging was postponed, with opposition lawmakers asking whether the decision was influenced by links between his chief party strategist and tobacco companies.

Lynton Crosby, the Australian strategist for Cameron’s Conservative party, runs a public relations firm that has previously acted for tobacco firms opposed to the move in Australia.

Cameron’s official spokesman denied there was any link between Crosby and the delay.

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