West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper once again voted in favour of introducing standardised packaging of tobacco products and cigarettes last Wednesday.

From 2016 every packet will look the same except for the make and brand name, with graphic photos accompanying health warnings if the House of Lords also approves the move, with MPs having voted 367 for and 113 against.

MP Rosie said:
“I have long believed that standardised packaging should be introduced. Experts say it will make children less likely to take up smoking and therefore ultimately save lives.

“Standardised packaging is also supported by health campaigners, the Chief Medical Officer and the Government’s own reviews. I know from the large number of letters and e-mails I have received that there is also strong public support for this.

“The Government have been reluctant to introduce standardised packaging and I know that many constituents will share my frustration that it has taken so long in this Parliament to get to this point.

“It is vital, therefore, that following this clear vote in Parliament the Government now press ahead with standardised packaging without further delay.

“I was delighted these regulations were passed with an overwhelming majority.”

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