Bbc news — cigarette packaging: ministers launch fresh review

For Labour, shadow public health minister Luciana Berger demanded to know why the government was delaying the introduction of plain packaging «still further» having already held a consultation on the issue in 2012.

Opposition leader Ed Miliband added «The government should have introduced plain packaging earlier this year we want them to act swiftly, we want them to act now. We don’t need another review.

«Every major public health expert agrees this would help the battle against cancer, against young people taking up smoking.»

The government has never officially ruled out changes to cigarette packaging laws, but BBC political editor Nick Robinson said that private briefings from Downing Street had previously suggested the idea was «dead».

He said ministers were likely to have been defeated on Lords amendments to the Children and Families Bill, which enjoyed cross party support, and would have given the government the power to regulate cigarette packaging.

Ms Ellison confirmed that the government would table its own amendment to the legislation, giving ministers the power to introduce regulations «quickly» when Sir Cyril’s review is complete in March 2014 if they decide to proceed with the policy.

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She rejected suggestions the rethink had been prompted by fears of defeat in the Lords, saying «It’s a year this weekend since the legislation was introduced in Australia. It’s the right time to ask people to look at this.

«This is fundamentally about children’s health. Two thirds of people start smoking when they’re children and it’s one of the most important public health issues we face in this country.»

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