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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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Vote is 'one step closer to smoke-free generation'

Public health minister Jane Ellison told the Delegated Legislation Committee the regulations for plain packets for cigarettes would bring the country "one step closer to our first smoke-free generation".

The Government has no intention to extend standardised packaging to any other product than tobacco.

Tobacco is a uniquely harmful consumer good and as such it's been treated uniquely in regulatory terms for many years.

– Public health minister Jane Ellison

The Conservative frontbencher said she recognised concerns that standardised packaging for cigarettes could be a "slippery slope" towards a similar approach to other products such as junk food and alcohol.

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