UK being 'disingenuous' over cigarette packaging

The UK government is "putting business interests in front of public health", the man instrumental in bringing about cigarette packaging reforms in Australia said today.

Simon Chapman, a professor of public health at the University of Sydney told BBC Radio 4's World At One programme:

I think the British Government are being very disingenuous in saying let's see what happens in Australia.

It's going to probably take them a good many years to see whether or not there has been an accelerated downturn.

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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.