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MEDIA RELEASE

12/3/2015

TOBACCO PLAIN PACKAGING TO BECOME LAW IN BRITAIN - A TRIUMPH FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND VINDICATION FOR AUSTRALIA

Commenting on the British House of Commons vote in favour of tobacco plain packaging by 367 votes to 113, Australian Council on Smoking and Health (ACOSH) President Professor Mike Daube said,

"The British decision to introduce plain packaging is a massive victory for public health and a tremendous vindication for Australia's world-leading legislation."

"Plain packaging will now be introduced in the UK from May 20, 2016, following Australia's lead in 2012, despite ferocious opposition from the tobacco industry."

Professor Daube, who also chaired the Australian Government's tobacco expert committee that recommended plain packaging said, "The British decision is especially important, as many countries still look to the UK as an exemplar. Several other countries are now planning to introduce plain packaging, following Australia, legislation last week in Ireland, and now the UK".

"This shows that the tobacco industry can be defeated, and gives real hope that we can see further significant global action on smoking, which each year kills some six million people around the world."

"Australia has shown the way. Smoking prevalence here has fallen to 12.8%, and within the next three years this could fall to less than 10% - a stunning decline from the days when three quarters of adult males were smokers, and smoking among women was increasing."

"Great credit belongs to the politicians of all parties here and in the UK who have supported this vital public health measure despite all the lies and zombie arguments from the tobacco lobby".

"We can take pride in Australia's pioneering role. This is a great success for public health here as well as in the UK."

For further information: Professor Mike Daube, President, ACOSH - 0409 933 933

 

 

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