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Enfield calls for plain packaging for cigarettes to save lives

Published Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Enfield Council is calling on the Government to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes to reduce the prevalence of smoking and prevent unnecessary deaths caused by the habit.

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Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable death and disease in the borough and is responsible for approximately 400 deaths in Enfield every year. 

Following research that packaging acts as a ‘silent salesman’, and that the introduction of plain packaging has reduced smoking prevalence by 15% in Australia, the Government is currently consulting on the introduction of plain packaging in the UK. 

Enfield Council’s free Stop Smoking Service has helped over 10,000 people to stop smoking over the past seven years.  However, the Council is keen to prevent children from taking up smoking. Every year over 200,000 children start smoking in the United Kingdom. 

Cllr Rohini Simbodyal, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport, Youth and Public Health said “Enfield was the first London borough to introduce smoke-free parks and children’s play areas. 

“Plain packaging has been shown to make cigarettes less attractive, particularly to children. Enfield Council is therefore fully supportive of this measure and will be keen to implement it as another way of protecting children and improving the health of all residents”. 

If you would like to stop smoking please contact the free Enfield Stop Smoking Service on freephone 0800 652 8405. 

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