Thousands join Wirral campaign calling for plain tobacco packs

Wirral Globe: Brombrough mum Alison Theobold signs up for the Plain Packs Protect campaign Brombrough mum Alison Theobold signs up for the Plain Packs Protect campaign

THOUSANDS of people across Wirral have joined a campaign calling for the introduction of plain, standardised tobacco packs.

In total 3,142 local residents signed up to the Plain Packs Protect campaign to demand the end of cigarette packaging aimed at young people.

The responses have been sent to Government to inform the consultation on plain, standardised tobacco packaging, which ended in August. The consultation results are expected early next year.  

This mounting public support coincides with the introduction of standardised packaging in Australia.

Under the new law, which came into force on December 1, all tobacco packaging will be sold in drab, olive packs with new larger and more shocking picture health warnings.

The only branding will be the product name in a standard font and colour.  The law also covers the cigarettes themselves – this will mean an end to slim fashion cigarettes which are promoted to young women.

Health experts have hailed it as the next step in helping to reduce young people taking up smoking.

Fiona Johnstone, Wirral's director of Public Health said: "The response from the public across Wirral has been excellent.

"Many of the people who have signed up don’t smoke and are not familiar with what packs look like but, once they see some of the packs that are currently on sale, they are shocked.

"They understand how the packs appeal to young people as the 'silent salesman'.

"The tobacco industry spends a lot of time and money making cigarettes attractive to young people.

"They know that they will then have many customers for life. The introduction of plain, standardised packaging would mean a victory for our children's health and a defeat for the tobacco industry."
 

Peer reviewed studies from around the world show that standardised packaging will reduce the attractiveness of smoking to young people, curb misleading messages that one cigarette is healthier than another and make picture health warnings more effective.

Bromborough mum Alison Theobald signed up to support the campaign in the summer.

She said: "I think anything that helps to deter youngsters from smoking has to be a good thing. Removing the branding takes away the street credibility that smoking has and will help to discourage young people from smoking."

Andrea Crossfield, director of campaign group Tobacco Free Futures said: "The introduction of plain, standardised packaging is a vital step in Australia to make tobacco less attractive to their children and young people and we would like to see this happen in the UK, where most smokers start as children.

"In the North West, more than four out of five of those who try smoking do so as children before they are aged 14.

"The new packs are designed to have the lowest appeal - especially to non-smokers and children, and clearly show the death and disease smoking causes.

"Since the launch of the plain packs consultation in April, more than 63,000 people from across the North West have signed up to support the introduction of plain, standardised  cigarette packaging.

"This is the largest number of people to sign up of any region in the country, which is testament to how passionate people in the North West are about making smoking history for children."

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1:15pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Jack Boot says...

What a waste of time, just because Australia is doing it, I like kangaroos lets start importing them.
What a waste of time, just because Australia is doing it, I like kangaroos lets start importing them. Jack Boot

1:51pm Wed 5 Dec 12

WirralAl says...

Jack Boot wrote:
What a waste of time, just because Australia is doing it, I like kangaroos lets start importing them.
Totally agree. Pointless campaign.

Surely we have bigger issues to worry about. Pot comes in little plain bags but if they want it they get it. Beer & Spirits come in very nice packaging.

Would this country manage without the tax on fags?
[quote][p][bold]Jack Boot[/bold] wrote: What a waste of time, just because Australia is doing it, I like kangaroos lets start importing them.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Pointless campaign. Surely we have bigger issues to worry about. Pot comes in little plain bags but if they want it they get it. Beer & Spirits come in very nice packaging. Would this country manage without the tax on fags? WirralAl

1:52pm Wed 5 Dec 12

chas says...

Tobacco products are hidden behind shutters and it is illegal for shops to sell to anybody under the age of 18 so how do children manage to get cigarettes? Same as always, from friend and family so plain packets will not make a bit of difference.
Tobacco products are hidden behind shutters and it is illegal for shops to sell to anybody under the age of 18 so how do children manage to get cigarettes? Same as always, from friend and family so plain packets will not make a bit of difference. chas

2:26pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Spiffy says...

How many thousands couldn't give a toss about it ?
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Good news for retailers of anything box-shaped and attractive that will hold 20 ciggies. Stuff like that has been around for decades anyway...anyone remember the leather ones as souvenirs from spanish holidays in the 70's ? Showing my age now...
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That niche of the market is about to receive a nice little economic boost. As one door closes another one opens.
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As Nucky Thompson (Boardwalk Empire) said when he raised his glass of whisky to toast the clock striking midnight in herald of Prohibition - "God bless those beautiful, ignorant b'st'rds !"
How many thousands couldn't give a toss about it ? ... Good news for retailers of anything box-shaped and attractive that will hold 20 ciggies. Stuff like that has been around for decades anyway...anyone remember the leather ones as souvenirs from spanish holidays in the 70's ? Showing my age now... ... That niche of the market is about to receive a nice little economic boost. As one door closes another one opens. ... As Nucky Thompson (Boardwalk Empire) said when he raised his glass of whisky to toast the clock striking midnight in herald of Prohibition - "God bless those beautiful, ignorant b'st'rds !" Spiffy

2:31pm Wed 5 Dec 12

red devil says...

What a total waste of time, and is going to cost so much in packaging it will reflect on the exorbitant price. I gave up a long tome ago and can stand in front of a million packets and not have a wish.

If its not the motorist, its bloody smokers - some people need to get a bloody life!!

How about attacking the NHS and the trillions it wastes on none paying patients, on over the top managers?

How about attacking the railways for charging people hundreds of pounds to travel across the country rather than by car?

Ban ............ I could go on, leave the bloody fags alone. If you do not smoke, they are not hurting you.
What a total waste of time, and is going to cost so much in packaging it will reflect on the exorbitant price. I gave up a long tome ago and can stand in front of a million packets and not have a wish. If its not the motorist, its bloody smokers - some people need to get a bloody life!! How about attacking the NHS and the trillions it wastes on none paying patients, on over the top managers? How about attacking the railways for charging people hundreds of pounds to travel across the country rather than by car? Ban ............ I could go on, leave the bloody fags alone. If you do not smoke, they are not hurting you. red devil

6:53pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Positive thinker says...

Plain packets cost less to produce,more money for the producer
Plain packets cost less to produce,more money for the producer Positive thinker

8:49am Thu 6 Dec 12

keef666 says...

Its funny you show a photo of two Mothers with their kids, and yet Mothers with kids are the biggest smokers,
If smoking is that bad then why not ban it altoghter,

The M.P who came up with this idear for this Country hasn't got much to do then!
Its funny you show a photo of two Mothers with their kids, and yet Mothers with kids are the biggest smokers, If smoking is that bad then why not ban it altoghter, The M.P who came up with this idear for this Country hasn't got much to do then! keef666

5:07pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Mr Bollo says...

This is madness! Pointless expensive waste of time. We need MORE children to start smoking. Let's face it, there's far too many people in the world anyway. Let's put Postman Pat on the packets, or maybe the Teletubbies. Shiny colours and a free toy! That'll get the little bleeders hooked. I had lung cancer twice but I'm fine now. I cured myself with my mind. Not like today's generation of weaklings. Pathetic!!!
This is madness! Pointless expensive waste of time. We need MORE children to start smoking. Let's face it, there's far too many people in the world anyway. Let's put Postman Pat on the packets, or maybe the Teletubbies. Shiny colours and a free toy! That'll get the little bleeders hooked. I had lung cancer twice but I'm fine now. I cured myself with my mind. Not like today's generation of weaklings. Pathetic!!! Mr Bollo

12:42pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Wirralrob says...

I've just got back yesterday from Australia. I actually thought this was a great idea, but on day one of the Aussie plain packeting ban, in Adelaide I was utterly shocked to see a middle aged woman (albeit looked a bid soft) giving a cigarette to a kid of about 12.

But I do think the packaging ban is a good start for them. From what I can understand from my friends in Australia, they think it is infact us Brits who are leading the way by our 'ridiculous' amount of tax ontop of cig prices.

From the comments on here it's looking like Smokers, Motorists, Asylum Seekers, Cyclists and Jimmy Saville are all about neck and neck at present.
I've just got back yesterday from Australia. I actually thought this was a great idea, but on day one of the Aussie plain packeting ban, in Adelaide I was utterly shocked to see a middle aged woman (albeit looked a bid soft) giving a cigarette to a kid of about 12. But I do think the packaging ban is a good start for them. From what I can understand from my friends in Australia, they think it is infact us Brits who are leading the way by our 'ridiculous' amount of tax ontop of cig prices. From the comments on here it's looking like Smokers, Motorists, Asylum Seekers, Cyclists and Jimmy Saville are all about neck and neck at present. Wirralrob

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