Campaigners in Support of Plain Cigarette Packaging

Campaigners in Support of Plain Cigarette Packaging

Health campaigners have welcomed new plans that ask for Scotland to become the first nation in the UK to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes and tobacco.

A consultation had begun last year for the same and now, the Scottish Government has pledged to support the same. The move is being considered as a new way to assist people in quitting their habit of smoking.

The government has committed earlier this week that all NHS grounds would be made smoke-free by 2015. Public Health Minister Michael Matheson has even set a target that the number of smokers should come down from 23% to 5% by the arrival of 2034.

It is the belief that reduction in the number of smokers would bring an improvement in health as well as decline in health inequalities. Also, the government is aimed at building on the success. Ban on smoking at public spots has already brought huge health benefits. And the new move is being hoped to further enhance the scenario.

"It's time for the UK Government to follow Scotland's lead and commit to legislation. Australia has proved that introducing standardized packaging is easy to implement and causes no problems for retailers", said chief executive of anti-smoking group Ash, Deborah Arnott.

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