Member organisations of the Smokefree Action Coalition have pledged their support for standardised packaging.
Hundreds of children start to smoke every day. This is not a party political issue; it is a vital matter of child protection and public health. Putting cigarettes in standard packs will stop the pack being used to promote the product and help make smoking history for our children.
Example of what plain packs could look like compared to current packs.
• Smoking is a childhood addiction not an adult choice1
• Hundreds of children start smoking each day2
• Half of all lifelong smokers die from their addiction – that’s over 100,000 people
last year in the UK3
• Cigarette packs are attractive and misleading, especially to children4,5
• The public support plain, standard packaging6
• The public health community support plain standard packaging7
• There is cross party support at Westminster for standard packs8.
• Standard packs are cheap and easy to implement9
• Australia already has standard packs. Retailers have found it easy to implement10,11 and there is no
evidence it will increase smuggling4,12.