Standardised packaging backed by House of Commons.

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"

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