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Smoking: Cigarette Packets

Volume 689: debated on Thursday 22 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will introduce a ban on the sale of cigarettes in packets of fewer than 20 cigarettes, similar to the ban being introduced in the Republic of Ireland, to discourage teenagers from starting to smoke. [HL822]

A ban on cigarettes in packs of fewer than 20 is not currently government policy. The department will continue to monitor evidence on the effectiveness of introducing such a measure.