1. Two thirds of smokers become addicted before the age of 18 and 39% under 16 see data from the General Lifestyle survey
2. Hopkinson, N. Child uptake of smoking by area across the UK. Thorax doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2013-204379.
3. Data from national sources from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
4. Sir Cyril Chantler, Independent Review into standardised packaging of tobacco, King's College London, 03 April 2014
5. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, USDHHS, 2012.
6. The poll total sample size was 12,269 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken by YouGov between 5th and 14th March 2014. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+). Respondents were shown what a standard pack could look like, including larger health warnings as in Australia.
7. The Smokefree Action Coalition an alliance of over 250 health organisations including medical royal colleges, the BMA, the Trading Standards Institute, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Faculty of Public Health, the Association of Directors of Public Health and ASH, all support the introduction of standard packs.
8. The Secretary of State has the power to make Regulations under Section 94 of the Children and Families Act 2014. This Section of the Children and Families Act was passed overwhelmingly in both the House of Lords (nem con) and House of Commons (fewer than 25 MPs voted against), following a strong cross-Party campaign in support of the policy.
9. Standard packs are a regulatory measure which only requires changes in packaging and these changes will reduce the manufacturers’ costs of production.
10. Carter OBJ, Welch M, Mills BW, Phan T, Chang P. Tobacco plain packaging improves retail transaction times: first real-life data from Australia repudiating tobacco retail industry scaremongering. BMJ rapid responses accessed 13th February 2013. Plus see Youtube clip showing purchase of cigarettes in Australian retailer after implementation of the legislation.
11. Bayly, M., et al., No lasting effects of plain packaging on cigarette pack retrieval time in small Australian retail outlets, Tob Control, 30 May 2014, doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051683
12. Tobacco facts and figures: Australian Department of Health