Bury Council has welcomed laws that came into force today (20 May) which means tobacco made for sale in the UK will have to be sold in drab green packaging with dramatic visual health warnings.
Healthier Futures led the campaign for standardised packaging in the North West from 2011, calling for the end to litzy and glamorous packs which were proven to appeal to young people and children. The campaign included helping over 60,000 local people to have their say on the Government’s public consultation in 2012.
The new regulations, which received overwhelming support from North West MPs, are also backed by the public. YouGov data shows that 63% of people in the North West of England support the laws, which will help protect the next generation of children and young people from starting to smoke.
Andrea Crossfield, chief executive of Healthier Futures, said: “Smoking spreads death and disease as well as untold grief to thousands of families all over the country. Standardised packaging is supported by people across the North West. It’s one of the best legacies we can leave to our children and is a vital step towards our goal of a smokefree generation.”
There will be a one-year transitional period to allow for the sell-through of old stock, so from May 2017 all tobacco products on sale in the UK will comply with the regulations.
Councillor Trevor Holt, Bury Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “For people wanting to quit, Bury Council offers a free personalised stop smoking service.
“A team of specialist advisors can offer support on a one-to-one basis, or informal group setting, in your local area or workplace. Support in giving up smoking during pregnancy is also offered by specialist stop smoking advisors.
“Working with one of our specialist advisors means you are four times more likely to stop smoking and stay stopped.”