Taking action on smoking and health
Health charity ASH Scotland has welcomed the support of MSPs for potential legislation to introduce plain, standardised tobacco packaging.
The Scottish Parliament today unanimously agreed a “legislative consent motion” that will allow imminent plain packs legislation by the UK Government to also apply in Scotland.
Westminster will make a final decision on plain packs after a new independent review, due to report by March.
Although the Scottish Government has already committed to introducing plain packs, bringing in the measure through Westminster could speed up the process and provide protection for children throughout the UK.
ASH Scotland has also welcomed assurances that the Scottish Government would not drop its preparations to bring its own legislation on plain packs if necessary.
ASH Scotland Chief Executive Sheila Duffy said:
“We are delighted that the legislative consent motion was given overwhelming support.
“Standardised tobacco packaging is an important smoking prevention measure to reduce the appeal of tobacco products to young people, and one that is strongly supported by the independent scientific evidence
“Arguments and evidence against standardised packaging come almost exclusively from those with a financial interest in the sale of tobacco products, and are scientifically flawed.
“It is also encouraging that the Scottish Government will maintain the ability to forge ahead swiftly and unilaterally, as previously planned, should the UK Government decide not to proceed with standardised packaging following the new review of the issue.”
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Action on Smoking & Health (Scotland) (ASH Scotland) is a registered Scottish charity (SC 010412) and a company limited by guarantee(Scottish company no 141711). The registered office is 8 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HB.
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