TALKING POINT: Will plain packaging on cigarettes help save lives?

Will plain packaging mean fewer smokers?
Will plain packaging mean fewer smokers?

MPs have today approved plans which will introduce standard plain packaging for cigarettes - but will the move actually help save lives?

It means 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.

A Government study by paediatrician Sir Cyril Chantler concluded last year it was very likely the change would lead to a modest but important reduction in the uptake and prevalence of smoking.

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