Professor John Wass, academic vice-president of the Royal College of Physicians and its public health policy lead, said he was delighted by today’s news:
The RCP is delighted that the Chantler Review of the likely benefits of introducing plain packaging for cigarettes has found that there are clear health benefits of this policy, particularly for children. Six-hundred children begin smoking every day in the UK, and we know that they are susceptible to branding of cigarettes. It is disappointing that we will have to wait for the results of yet another consultation, but we hope this will be swift and not impede the introduction of regulations in this parliament. We are one step further towards a tobacco-free UK.