Anderson welcomes plain packaging announcement

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed the announcement that plain packaging for tobacco products will be introduced in the North.

Ms Anderson said;

“I welcome today’s announcement from health minister Jim Wells that plain packaging for tobacco products will now be introduced in the North.

“International examples have shown that introducing plain packaging can help prevent young people from taking up smoking.

“Plain packaging contributes to removing the temptation on young people to take up this deadly habit.

“Cigarette packaging is one of the last promotional devices available to the tobacco industry to entice new smokers and efforts to remove that are welcome.

“The fact the North will be brought into line with other jurisdictions by May 2016 is also welcome and I look forward to the implementation of this announcement.”