Plain packaging for cigarettes is go
Jane Ellison, the public health minister, said that she thinks the new packets will be in shops by next Spring. Despite anger from back benchers, she said that an independent report had found it was "very likely to have a positive impact on public health". Draft legislation will be drawn up soon.
Of course, health campaigners are strongly in favour of this move and they think it'll discourage smoking, which in turn could save lives. However, it has been suggested that plain packaging makes people want to smoke more.
Tobacco manufacturers are obviously unhappy at the idea and have suggested that this will only serve as encouragement for the black market.
"In light of this report and the responses to the previous consultation in 2012 I am therefore currently minded to proceed with introducing regulations to provide for standardized packaging," Ellison told parliament. "In order to ensure that that decision is properly and fully informed, I intend to publish the draft regulation so it is crystal clear what is intended alongside a final short consultation".