MP’s plea over cigs packaging

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SOUTH Yorkshire MP Kevin Barron is urging the Government to commit to legislation to put all cigarettes in standard packaging.

Mr Barron, who represents Rother Valley and is vice-chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health, highlighted a lack of progress six months after public consultation on the plans ended.

The Labour MP is unhappy that cigarette packs are ‘being used to promote the product’.

Mr Barron said: “There’s a reason why the tobacco industry spends thousands of pounds each year on making their packs more attractive - it works.

“Standard tobacco packaging will stop the public being misled about the dangers of smoking and will make cigarettes less attractive.”