Independent review into standardised packaging of tobacco
The SFAC welcomes the publication of the independent review of evidence undertaken by Sir Cyril Chantler on standardised packaging on 03 April 2014.
Speaking in the commons, Jane Ellison MP, Minister for Public Health said that the report found it was "very likely to have a positive impact" on public health. The Government will shortly publish draft regulations, alongside a short, final consultation on the policy.
The consultation followed Parliamentary support for the inclusion of enabling legislation on standardised packaging in the Children and Families Bill. In the Lords this happened without a vote, the vote in the House of Commons was overwhelmingly in support of standardised packaging as well as proxy purchasing and an age of sale for e-cigarettes of 18 with 453 in favour and only 24 against. If you want to know how your MP voted, click here.
ASH gave evidence (pdf) to the inquiry by Sir Cyril Chantler.
The Chantler review asked the SFAC to provide oral evidence and provide a short submission.
The following experts provided oral evidence on behalf of the SFAC:
Fiona Andrews, Director, Smokefree Southwest; Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive, ASH; Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive, British Heart Foundation. Luk Joossens, Advocacy Officer of the Association of European Cancer Leagues; Sarah Woolnough, Executive Director of Policy & Information, Cancer Research UK. ASH also provided a critique (pdf) of the tobacco industry’s evidence.