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Pledge on cigarette packaging law

The Government will bring in legislation to introduce standardised plain cigarette packaging before the end of this Parliament, health minister Jane Ellison has announced.

The ban on smoking in private cars with children will come into force on October 1 of this year, the minister also announced.

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Nick Clegg: Plain packaging minimises marketing appeal

Nick Clegg Credit: PA Wire

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has backed plans to introduce plain cigarette packaging, saying there is evidence it does help minimise marketing appeal.

Speaking on LBC Radio, Mr Clegg said: "It's not a crime but it's very bad for you, and we should be taking sensible steps to discourage people - particularly kids - from taking up smoking.

He added: "There is evidence, and I think it's been borne out by the latest facts in Australia, that it does help minimise the marketing appeal."

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