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Ministers are to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes along the Australian model with legislation this year, after becoming convinced that the branding is a key factor in why young people start to smoke.Interestingly, my draft post anticipated this precise course of action happening even to include a total ban on smoking in all private vehicles (regardless if children are present) because that's the only way such a ban can be enforced. The only difference in my draft being that Andrew Black's plain packaging consultation report would be released first (eventually) and then the government would enact its totalitarian legislation for plain packaging and add the smoking in private vehicles ban to the legislation.
The legislation, to be announced in the Queen's speech in May, is also expected to ban smoking in cars carrying anyone aged under 16 years. Ministers acknowledge that the ban is likely to be difficult for the police to enforce, but they believe peer group pressure will have an impact similar to the ban on drivers using mobile phones.
David Cameron referred to the possibility of introducing plain packaging last week, without putting a timetable on it. Ministers are convinced that the ban is necessary to take the next step to reduce smoking in the UK.
"We are going to follow what they have done in Australia. The evidence suggests it is going to deter young smokers. There is going to be legislation," said a senior Whitehall source said.
"There is going to be legislation," said a senior Whitehall source said.Who is this source? Andrew Black? Some other unelected tyrant who knows what's best for you? And why did the Guardian run this piece before the consultation report has been published? And why hasn't the report been published? The consultation closed 10 August 2012, and here we are in the first week of March 2013. Almost all consultations have their findings published within three months, and yet this one has been mysteriously delayed for an additional four months. This is unprecedented. And it reeks of corruption and deception.