Health and Smoking

I strongly support plain packaging for cigarettes - and voted for it - precisely because it will help to combat smoking, and this is particularly important among young people who can be attracted by clever and attractive packaging.

For a long time the Government help out against this step but changed its mind and in March the House of Commons voted to support it.  Smoking-related disease remains the main cause of preventable deaths in the UK.  I also support the ban on smoking in private cars which will come into force on 1 October.

Hilary Benn

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