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Sunday, 14 July 2013


Many people of my generation bear the scars of smoking. No longer regarded as sophisticated, the 'etiquette' of smoking in old films looks ridiculous, as ridiculous as the government's decision to postpone a decision on plain packaging for cigarette packets. 

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the government should wait for evidence of the effectiveness of plain packs in deterring young people in Australia, where the policy has already been implemented. Why? The evidence is already available. Ignoring the advice of experts is inexcusable when peoples lives are at risk as the passive-smoking statistics illustrated above show. Smoking kills. End of story.

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