Tobacco companies challenge legality of plain packets

11 December 2015

fish cigarette Some of the largest tobacco companies in the world have have gone to the high court. They want to argue against the legality of the new rules around plain packaging for cigs. These new regulations will come into play next May, which will see an end to logos and branding on all things tobacco.

We actually think that these new rules won't change much, and that there'll be money to be made by selling cigarette cases separately, just like everyone had in the '50s.

Either way, Mr Justice Green is going to be asked to rule on the lawfulness of the new measures, after Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International challenged the decision. The health secretary Jeremy Hunt is going to be the one arguing that they are in fact lawful.

At the start of the hearing, David Anderson QC, for Japan Tobacco International, told court: “The claimants manufacture products which are lawful, which contribute approximately £10bn per year in excise duty alone for the UK exchequer, which are used by some 19% of the adult population, and which the secretary of state … has never sought to ban.”

Talking about the legal submissions, the QC said Jeremy Hunt was "quite wrong when he says that we are trying to protect our ability to market unencumbered by legitimate legislation", and added that the tobacco industry was "regulated in a way almost unprecedented in any other field."

This will rumble on, and we'll keep you up to speed with the goings-on, if we could have twos on that fag, first.

TOPICS:   Health

15 comments

  • Mike
    Just ban smoking. Yes, that ought to do it.
  • Father J.
    No, just let the stupid cunts smoke themselves to death. Darwinism in action.
  • Alexis
    ": “The claimants manufacture products which are lawful, which contribute approximately £10bn per year in excise duty alone for the UK exchequer, which are used by some 19% of the adult population, and which the secretary of state … has never sought to ban" Because it would be unworkable you nob. That £10b goes to covering the cost of all your customers' ailments
  • Raggedy
    @Alexis Actually that's not true. From the British Medical Association's website: "NHS costs are estimated at £2.7 billion each year, with costs to the wider UK economy of around £2.5bn in sick leave and lost productivity." Of course these figures will be manipulated by ASH and Forest to put their opposing points across but that still means a healthy 4.8 billion to spend on hospitals/ red tape.
  • Raggedy
    @Mike Unlikely to happen due to the billions being raised in tax. Please see reply above for more information. :-)
  • Raggedy
    @Father Jack This just in. Smattering of Common Sense Party 5,000,000 Father Jack Party -10 Father Jack has lost his deposit (although it's rumoured this happened many years ago). :-)
  • Father J.
    @Raggedy - enjoy smoking yourself to death, tard boy.
  • Raggedy
    @Father Jack Fave smoking story from Paris. A woman who lived to be over 100 confirmed that she had given up smoking when she was 94 - because she could no longer see the ashtray. :) If smoking affected 100% of the people they would have banned it years ago but it doesn't. Me? I prefer to make my own choices - you can tell that from the way I don't go BAAAA when I walk. Over to EWE, Father Jack. :-)
  • Father J.
    "Fave smoking story from Paris. A woman who lived to be over 100 confirmed that she had given up smoking when she was 94 – because she could no longer see the ashtray." COOL STORY BRO
  • _me_
    Ah, the instant put down. Cool story bro. 1995 wants its comment back. Sleep tight pupper
  • Father J.
    ^^^ Raggedy's cell mate.
  • Raggedy
    @_me_ Father Jack got confused. It's either a typo or a bad spelling of TRUE (as the story was) and it's hardly an instant put down as he took 6 days to reply :-). But we can't blame him for that. It must be difficult constantly being in solitary for his own protection...
  • Father J.
    Oh, I'm far from confused. I'm too busy laughing at you and your hopeless nicotine addiction problem :)
  • Raggedy
    Hey Father Jack, look out your tiny window. That's me, enjoying myself smoking a cig and laughing at you in your solitary confinement. :-)
  • Father J.
    Yes, I'm sure that's you I can hear coughing.

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