Thursday, 19 May 2016

Standard cigarette packs are here from tomorrow

This is a policy I really support. Smoking kills. Improving lives and improving life chances in Hyndburn is vital.

Date: 19 May 2016 13:08:43 BST
To: "'graham.jones.mp@parliament.uk'" <graham.jones.mp@parliament.uk;
Subject: Cancer Research UK: Standard cigarette packs are here from tomorrow

Dear Mr Jones,

From tomorrow, cigarettes packs will never look the same again.

While smoking remains the leading preventable cause of cancer in the UK, this week marks a huge step forward in protecting the next generation from taking up this deadly addiction.

Friday 20 May 2016 sees the day when the regulations on standard packaging of cigarettes come into force in the UK.

We are delighted they are finally here and wanted to get in touch to thank you again for being one of the 367 MPs who supported the regulations passing through Parliament back in March 2015. Thanks to you, this important legislation means glitzy cigarette packets will become a thing of the past in the UK. With eight in ten smokers starting before the age of 19, standard packs will prevent thousands of children from being exposed to this form of cigarette marketing.

It's a huge victory for public health and a big step as we move towards Cancer Research UK's goal of a tobacco-free generation. Please do share the above infographic or sign up to our Thunderclap on social media.

Despite this important step to reducing the number of children who smoke, tackling the deadly health harms of tobacco is not a 'done deal'. Our research shows that tobacco could cause more than half a million cancers in the next twenty years alone. We need bold action from the Government in their new Tobacco Control Strategy, including vital measures to protect the future of local Stop Smoking Services.

Thank you again for all your support and your vote in favour of the measure. Should you be keen to discuss this or any other issues that Cancer Research UK is currently working on, we'll be in Parliament on 5th July 2016 for a drop-in session between 4pm – 6pm in Dining Room A. Please RSVP to Roxy Squire at roxy.squire@cancer.org.uk if you would like to attend.

Best wishes,

Lucy
Lucy Absolom Public Affairs Officer Policy Department
Cancer Research UK
Tel | 020 3469 5536
Angel Building | 407 St John Street| London| EC1V 4AD