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Hume praises Scottish Government support for standardised tobacco packaging

March 27, 2013 1:54 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have praised the Scottish Government forJim HumeJim Hume supporting the introduction of standardised tobacco packaging in its new tobacco control strategy published today. Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has said that it is crucial for both of Scotland's governments to work hand in hand to build a fairer society by tackling the scourge of tobacco products in local communities.

The Scottish Government's move comes shortly after Scottish Liberal Democrats threw their weight behind standardisation of tobacco packaging at their party Conference in Dundee.

Standardised packaging was adopted in Australia in 2011 and early signs are showing that it has had a positive impact.

The party has argued that standardisation of tobacco packaging would reduce the attractiveness ad appeal of tobacco products, increase the prominence and effectiveness of health warnings and reduce the ability of packaging to mislead smokers about the harms of smoking.

Commenting, Mr Hume said:

"This is a progressive step forwards in our effort to curb the menace of tobacco and its effect on families and communities and Scotland. Every year 13,000 people die from smoking related causes. Michael Matheson's decision to now back this move will open the door to change across the UK and allow us to build a fairer society which gives every child the best start in life.

"I am encouraged by this step and hope that the Minister for Public Health will now liaise with UK ministers on the progress of their consultation."