The House of Commons has voted by 357 votes to 113 to introduce standardised packaging for all cigarettes from 2016.
Some of our
department research was used in support of the Draft Standardised Packaging of
Tobacco Products Regulations 2015 debate that took place in the Houses of
Parliament on Monday 9 March 2015.
The Rt Hon Kevin Barron, Labour MP for
Rother Valley stated at the Twelfth Delegated Legislation Committee:
"I do not want to delay the Committee too long, so I
will finish on this point. I have in front of me the evidence given by the UK
Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies at Nottingham university to the Cyril
Chantler review. The evidence contains images—obviously, I cannot read them
out—taken from television programmes and one YouTube video, where packets of
cigarettes are shown on our screens in such a way as to make it possible for
people to identify the brand that they are looking at, even though advertising
cigarettes on television has not been allowed for decades. There are two
examples from “Coronation Street”, which show the open corner shop displays.
There is one example from one of my favourite programmes, the “Gavin and Stacey
Christmas Special”, which shows a packet of fags on a table in the pub. There
are others from “Of the night (Bastille)” on YouTube, and from the film
“Slumdog Millionaire”. For decades, there has been debate, particularly in
Hollywood but also in this country, about product placement in film and popular
media. Why? Because it sells tobacco. People see an image of a certain packet
of cigarettes on their televisions, although advertising tobacco has not been
allowed for decades. That is why I support the legislation"