Doctors issue fresh calls for plain cigarette packaging

Doctors have urged the Government to force the cigarette industry to only use plain packaging on their products, according to a letter published in a leading medical journal.

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Australia has already enforced plain cigarette packaging regulations on the tobacco industry. Credit: PA

Writing to the BMJ, the letter calls on the Coalition to start the legislating for plain cigarette packaging by publishing draft regulations before next year's general election.

Parliament voted overwhelming in support of plain packaging after the findings of the Cyril Chantler review were published.

However, no measures have been announced two months on from the vote and there was no mention of plain cigarette packaging in the Queen's speech.

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Doctors put pressure on Govt for plain cigarette packaging

The Government is facing renewed calls to legislate for plain cigarette packaging after 600 doctors signed an open letter published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Doctors want the Government to see draft regulations before the 2015 election.