Consultation outcome

Standardised packaging of tobacco products

This consultation has concluded

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Consultation on standardised packaging of tobacco products: summary report

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Detail of outcome

An overview of the responses to the consultation on standardised packaging of tobacco products and the main themes raised.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from 16 April 2012 12:00am to
10 August 2012 11:45pm

Summary

Consultation considering options to reduce the promotional impact of tobacco packaging, including standardised (or "plain") packaging.

Documents

Impact assessment: standardised packaging of tobacco products

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Equality impact assessment: standardised packaging of tobacco products

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Consultation description

The consultation on standardised packaging of tobacco products asked people for views on whether standardised tobacco packaging would:

  • reduce the appeal of tobacco products to consumers
  • increase the effectiveness of health warnings on tobacco product packaging
  • reduce the ability of tobacco packaging to mislead consumers about the harmful effects of smoking
  • have a positive effect on smoking-related attitudes, beliefs, intentions and behaviours, particularly among children and young people

The consultation was accompanied by a systematic, academic review of the evidence for standardised packaging.

The Department of Health received many thousands of consultation responses with strong views on both sides of the debate.

The government has decided to wait until the emerging impacts of standardised tobacco packaging in Australia can be measured before making a final decision on this policy in England. This policy remains under consideration.

For more detail on the current policy position see the written Ministerial statement given to Parliament on 12 July 2013.

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