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Cigarette pack plans on hold

Health campaigners have reacted with fury after it emerged ministers have postponed a decision on the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes.

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Cigarette pack decision to be made 'after Oz trial'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Credit: Neil Hall/PA Wire

The Government wants to see how plain cigarette packaging recently introduced in Australia works before deciding whether to go ahead in England, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today.

"Having carefully considered these differing views, the Government has decided to wait until the emerging impact of the decision in Australia can be measured before we make a final decision on this policy in England," he said in a Commons written statement.

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