Plain cigarette packaging

  • David Cameron stubs out plan for cigarettes in plain packaging – the Express, 6 May 2013
  • David Cameron ‘U-Turn’ Over Cigarette Packaging - Sky News, 28 November 2013

In May of this year it was reported that David Cameron told campaigners advocating plain cigarette packaging to forget another extension of the “nanny state”.

“Tory ministers are determined that the Coalition does not repeat the mistakes of the previous Labour government and risk being seen as bossy and curbing individual liberty.

“The source said: ‘This proposal is not going to be in the Queen’s Speech and the Government doesn’t see this as a priority. It’s not going to be pursued.’”

In November 2013, however, Cameron suddenly decided that cigarettes should be in plain packaging after all.

“David Cameron has been accused of a humiliating U-turn after ministers dramatically revived the prospect of plain packaging for cigarettes.

“Public Health Minister Jane Ellison announced that the eminent paediatrician Sir Cyril Chantler has been asked to carry out a rapid review of the evidence, which will be completed by March.”

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