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MPs vote to introduce plain cigarette packaging

Regulations enforcing standardised tobacco packaging have been approved by MPs by 367 to 113, in a landmark free vote in the House of Commons.

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Tobacco firm set to challenge plain packaging in court

Cigarette manufacturers are unhappy with plans to introduce plain packaging. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

Japan Tobacco International (JTI), the company behind Benson & Hedges and Silk Cut, has said it considers plans for standardised cigarette packaging "unlawful" and will challenge the legislation in court.

In a statement issued after MPs voted to approve plain packaging in a free vote in the House of Commons, JTI's managing director Daniel Torras said the law had "been rushed through Parliament, with little regard for proper scrutiny and debate."

The Government is using the General Election as the finishing line and has hurried this policy along, stifling debate among MPs and giving little opportunity for opposing views to be aired.

– JTI's managing director Daniel Torras

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