11 April 2015
The British dental Health Foundation is delighted that MPs have voted to introduce standardised packaging of tobacco in England.
In a free vote in Commons 367 MPs voted yes to only 113 no’s, a huge majority and a significant step towards vast health improvements in England.
The move will also hopefully bring about improvements in oral health and a reduction in the number of mouth cancer cases, and Ken Lavery, Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Trustee of the British dental Health Foundation, praised the decision.
He said: “I am delighted that standardised packaging will now become law in May next year. We have often criticised the government on its lack of movement on the issue, but this is a real win and one we can be very proud of.
“There was a concern that the government would continue to drag its feet over the decision, but after lobbying the government to review the evidence available common sense has prevailed.
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