Government Accused Of ‘Caving In’ Over Plain Cigarette Pack Plans

Plain packaging for cigarettes scrapped. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Plain packaging for cigarettes scrapped. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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The Government has been accused of caving in to the tobacco industry after they delayed a decision to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes sold in England.

The Health Minister Anna Soubry has denied that it is a u-turn adding that they want to wait and see what effect the law has had in Australia before deciding.

Meanwhile, it was reported Home Secretary Theresa May will formally confirm next week – before MPs finally break for the summer – that the Government has dropped plans for minimum pricing of alcohol in England.

Downing Street denied the Tories’ elections strategist Lynton Crosby – who has been linked to lobbying by the tobacco industry – was responsible for the delay to plain packaging.

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