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SFAC urges the Government to keep its promises.
Every day hundreds of children start smoking, that’s thousands every week. The Government has now published the draft Regulations to bring in standardised packaging. The consultation on the content of the draft Regulations is now closed, but they must now be notified to Europe, which is a process that will last for six months. TIME IS RUNNING OUT IF THE REGULATIONS ARE TO BE VOTED ON BEFORE THE GENERAL ELECTION. Find out more...
Time for standardised packaging
The clock ticks
children have started smoking since the publication of Sir Cyril Chantler’s evidence review on Wednesday 3rd April 2014.
The Smokefree Action Coalition wants the Government to respect public opinion and the overwhelming votes in Parliament in favour of standardised packaging. Please help us by asking your MP to support the policy and to demand that Parliament gets the chance before the next General Election to vote on the regulations needed to put it into practice.
Children and Families Act
The Children and Families Act 2014 is the primary legislation making it an offence for an adult to buy cigarettes for anyone under 18 (proxy purchasing) and giving the Government powers to introduce regulations:
requiring standardised packaging for tobacco products.
making it an offence to sell e-cigarettes to children under 18.
There was a free vote on the amendment to introduce a ban on smoking in cars when children are present and this was approved by 376 to 107, a majority of 269. For how your MP voted click here. Afterwards the Prime Minister's official spokesman said that David Cameron thinks that "the time has come" for a new offence of exposing children to smoke in vehicles.
Click here for All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health report of its inquiry into smoking in private vehicles. Click here for British Lung Foundation briefing for MPs.
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