Philip Morris Declaration Plain Packaging Regulation

January 20th, 2015 00:00

The giant cigarette manufacturer has advised government officials not to declare decisions to push it to sell cigarettes in plain packages in the Queen's Speech after having a poll which determined that the majority police representatives think it will result in the raise of illicit trade.


Public health minister Jane Ellison stated several months ago that the Government was supposed to launch the measure, increasing objectives that it will be involved in the future year's legislative plan.

Health specialists have worked long enough to pass the measure, stating that colored cigarette packages are the popular tactic cigarette makers implement to attract people to their goods. Nevertheless Philip Morris claimed the research strengthened its perspective that the step would just be in favor of organized gangs, persuade teenagers to switch to black market products. Over 55% have stated that they considered it would move teen tobacco users towards fake cigarettes. An analysis accomplished for the Government by Sir Cyril Chantler determined that driving cigarettes and other smoking products to be sold in plain and unappealing packaging could lead to a small but essential decrease in smoking rates.

Eoin Dardis representative for the Philip Morris explained: "This poll of police representatives is the most recent sign of the increasing concern regarding the illicit trade in cigarettes. "For instance, in Australia, plain packaging has been not just unsuccessful to minimize smoking rates; the illicit trade has increased to very record stages, with the Australian Treasury getting rid of more than one billion dollars (£550m) to the black market. "All the proof to date indicates that if plain cigarette packaging was presented in the UK, it would not decrease smoking rates it would just raise the illegal trade which a year ago has boosted faster in the UK than in other places in Europe, costing the Treasury £2.9 billion in lost profits in 2012/13, up to £500 million on the preceding year.

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