Call us free on 0800 862 0373

Sign in to view your quotes
Email address:
Password or PIN:

Forgotten your password? Reset it here.

"Lives will be lost" due to tobacco packaging U-turn

Published on 15/07/2013

Cancer Research UK has condemned the government’s decision to delay introducing plain cigarette packaging and says “lives will be lost”.

Cigarettes will continue to have branded packs

The charity believes that by going ahead with the proposed plans to remove all branding from cigarette packets, more children would have been protected from the harmful product.

The British Medical Association have said they are “deeply disappointed” by the decision as they feel brand marketing is a key tool in attracting young smokers.

A letter written to prime minister David Cameron and health secretary Jeremy Hunt by 188 health and welfare organisations, including the Royal College of GPs, said the decision “amounts to a tame surrender to the tobacco industry”.

The letter said: “With over 200,000 children starting to smoke every year, there is no good reason for the UK to wait any longer.”

Dr Harpal Kumar, chief executive at Cancer Research UK, added: “They [children] are lured into an addiction that is often life-long but which kills half of all long term users. We can't stand by and watch as these lives are lost.”

Smoking is believed to cause more than a quarter of all cancer deaths in the UK and in 2009 it was estimated that 100,000 deaths were associated with smoking.

Research has shown that cigarette packaging makes them more attractive to children and 40% of regular smokers began before the age of 16.

Jeremy Hunt, health secretary for the government, has claimed the UK is waiting for more evidence before making a decision on this matter.

Hunt said: “Having carefully considered these differing views, the government has decided to wait until the emerging impact of the decision in Australia can be measured before we make a final decision on this policy in England.”

Some health insurance providers, like PruHealth, will financially assist you in giving up smoking if you take out a policy with them.

© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2013

Categories:  Health InsuranceHealthMedicalHealth Insurance Company
"Lives will be lost" due to tobacco packaging U-turnCancer Research UK has condemned the government’s decision to delay introducing plain cigarette packaging and says “lives will b    tweet it on twittershare with your friends on Facebookshare with your friends on MySpaceBlog it on your LinkedIn profile

No.1 health insurance broker as rated by customers

A great service from the initial call, to finalising the agreement. I would highly recommend to my family and friends.

Review centre member

Proactive, efficient, and offered me insurance I need. I would say half price I would end up paying if I did it by myself. Many thanks.

Review centre member

Excellent service. Explained everything in detail and really helped to find the right insurance best suited to my needs - which wasn't necessarily the most expensive. 

Review centre member

Good value and the advisor was very helpful and recommended the best policy for my grandson. I would definitely use this service again and recommend to others.

Review centre member

We were contacted in good time to make a knowledgable choice. We were given plenty of options with lots of information to enable us to make the right choice.

Review centre member

The service I received was excellent, the staff member was very efficient and knowledgable. She went out of her way to get the best policy for me.

Review centre member

Great service. I really appreciated the help provided by Active Quote to arrange health insurance. The agent was very informative and proactive. Many thanks!

Review centre member

I received excellent care and attention from the first phone call till the last. Friendly, efficient and patient.

Review centre member

Staff are very helpful, friendly and polite. They call back when they say they will and keep you up to date with progress. Pleasure to deal with.

Review centre member

Very polite and friendly, and gave detailed explanations of all aspects of the cover. Reassuring to know that if you do have a problem there is someone you can contact.

Review centre member
This site is operated by Insurance Broker ActiveQuote Ltd registered in England & Wales company number 6765845.
Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Firm reference number 501109 as detailed on the Financial Services Register. Please read our Key Facts document.
For information about your rights as a consumer visit Citizens Advice.

Our insurance comparison service is free and easy for you to use, but you are responsible for making sure all your information is entered correctly, and for choosing your insurer.

This site uses cookies in order to work correctly - these are not harmful and do not contain personal information. By using this site you consent to this. I understand  Tell me more

please wait ...