General Article Plain cigarette packaging could drive 300,000 Britons to quit smoking

Topic Selected: Smoking and Health

Review by research organisation Cochrane suggests impact of UK’s ban on branded packs could echo results seen in Australia.

By Sarah Bosely, Health Editor

Plain cigarette cartons featuring large, graphic health warnings could persuade 300,000 people in the UK to quit smoking if the measure has the effect it had in Australia, scientists say.

Standardised cigarette packaging will be compulsory in the UK from 20 May. A new review from the independent health research organisation Cochrane on the impact of plain packaging around the world has found that it does affect the behaviour of smokers...

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