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Hackney Council disappointed at government decision on standard cigarette packs
Hackney Council is disappointed at the news today that the government will not introduce legislation requiring standardised packaging of cigarettes and other tobacco products. Currently in Hackney 28% of 18-19 year olds; 9% of 15 year olds and 18% of 16-17 year olds smoke. Further delay in introducing the policy could lead to more young people and children starting to smoke.
I am disappointed that the government has abandoned plans to bring in standard packs for cigarettes. This is an essential measure to protect children from starting to smoke. Hackney’s Health and Wellbeing Board has identified smoking as one of its priority areas with a specific focus on stopping children from starting the habit. We will do what we can at a local level but central government must have the courage to play its part too.
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council