POLL: Sutton and Cheam MP Paul Burstow urges Government to bring in unbranded cigarette packets
Sutton and Cheam's MP has argued in Parliament the Government must bring in non-branded cigarette packaging.
Paul Burstow said the issue must be addressed and compared the delays in action to the Government "kicking a can down the road".
Mr Burstow wants to see cigarettes sold in non-branded, plain packaging with standardised lettering and clear health warnings displayed in order to deter smokers.
Speaking during a Commons debate on tobacco on Tuesday, he said: "It is important that we talk about standardised packaging, because it really makes a difference... it is no longer satisfactory or acceptable to be kicking this can down the road."
Following the debate he said more than 200,000 children take up smoking each year and that changing the packaging of cigarettes could alter perceptions and cut this number.
He added: "Tobacco companies have their financial interests at heart rather than the best interests of their customers. Since there is clear evidence that standardised packaging reduces smoking we have an obligation to act."
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