The letter is signed by 600 doctors, nurses and other NHS health professionals. Among them are Dr Nicholas Hopkins, consultant chest physician and chair of a specialist lung disease advisory group of the British Thoracic Society, Anna Gilmore, professor of public health in Bath and John Ashton, president of the UK Faculty of Public Health.
“Smoking related disease remains the main cause of preventable deaths in the UK, killing more than 100 000 people each year. t is therefore necessary and logical to end the marketing of cigarettes and tobacco products through packaging,” they write.
We actually have some evidence of the effets of plain packaging from Australia. No reduction in smoking and a rise in smuggled and counterfeit fags.
There is no evidence that the proposed policy works. Even, we have evidence that it is (mildly) counter-productive.
So why the insistence upon doing it?