Picture warnings on cig packets in this week

By Ewan Turney

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Picture warnings will start to appear this week
Picture warnings will start to appear this week
Retailers have been reminded that new legislation requiring picture warnings on cigarette packets comes in to force on Wednesday 1 October. The 15...

Retailers have been reminded that new legislation requiring picture warnings on cigarette packets comes in to force on Wednesday 1 October.

The 15 different images include pictures of a diseased lung and heart surgery being performed.

Retailers will be able to sell existing stock with textual health warnings on them until September 2009 for cigarettes and September 2010 for handrolled tobacco.

"We have seen numerous regulatory interventions take place over the last 15 months with the aim of reducing the prevalence of smoking," said Tobacco Manufacturers Association chief executive Christopher Ogden.

"These include the public place smoking ban, the rise in minimum age from 16 to 18, legislation providing for sanctions against retailers who make underage sales and now pictorial health warnings. We believe it is essential the Government ensures a proper assessment of all these policies takes place, supported by credible evidence, before embarking on any further initiatives, such as the ban on the display of tobacco products."

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