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Smoking: Young People

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has conducted or evaluated on the influence of tobacco packaging on smoking rates in young people. (219735)

Packaging of tobacco products, and its influence on young people in particular, is a topic of consideration within the Department’s current “Consultation on the future of tobacco control”. This consultation document was published on 31 May 2008 and copies have already been placed in the Library. The consultation will close on 8 September 2008.

The Government welcome responses from all interested stakeholders and will make decisions on future action on tobacco packaging with reference to consultation responses.