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Dorset Doctors Back Plain Packets For Cigarettes


10:05am 14th May 2012

A newly formed health group in Dorset is backing plans for cigarettes to be sold in plain packaging.

The Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group is made up of GP's across the county who want us to also give our backing to the move aimed at stopping more young people from taking up the habit.

They say packaging is one of the last ways the tobacco industry is able to market their products.

The Plain Packs Protect campaign aims to raise awareness of the use of tobacco packaging as a marketing tool and believes that ensuring that tobacco is sold only in generically coloured packaging, with plain-font brand names and increased health warnings, will help:

-  Stop the use of packs as promotion and advertising
-  Increase the effectiveness of health warnings
-  Prevent the use of the misleading and deceptive packaging to create false beliefs of different strength and quality
-  Reduce youth smoking and decrease youth uptake
-  Remove the positive association with cigarette brands/image

1300 hundred people die each year due to smoking related diseases in Dorset, what's more by the age of 15 years 12% of children in England report being regular smokers. These deaths can be avoided.

Anyone wishing to show their support can sign an online petition via the campaign website by CLICKING HERE.

Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group Chair Dr Forbes Watson said "We are asking as many people as possible to take a few moments to look at the Plain Packs Protect website, find out more about how packaging attracts new smokers and how ridding the shelves of these packs could help protect generations to come. We are fortunate that across Dorset we have a lower than average percentage of smokers, however there are still too many people dying in the county each year as a direct result of their habit; and we welcome any moves to help protect people from the effects of smoking and to de-normalise the habit".

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