Britain Seeks To Force Plain Cigarette Packaging On Tobacco Firms

Britain set to review cigarette packaging: media

Lawyers said the move could trigger legal disputes, with tobacco firms arguing that plain packaging laws violate their trademark rights and may restrict free trade. Australia is already facing challenges at the World Trade Organization over complaints the laws create illegal obstacles to commerce. "If the government goes ahead with the proposals, it could still face a huge challenge to make it reality," said Sarah Byrt, intellectual property partner at law firm Mayer Brown. Britain's tobacco market, worth about $28 billion a year at retail according to Euromonitor International, is dominated by Imperial and Japan Tobacco, followed by BAT and Philip Morris. The biggest cigarette groups have been grappling with declining sales in a number of markets due to increasing government regulation and more health-aware consumers, as well as smuggling and the economic downturn. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

The last cigarette: Nine ex-smokers who quit the habit for good

Credit: Reuters/Toby Melville (Reuters) - The UK government is set to announce a review of cigarette packaging in an effort to deter youngsters from smoking, British media reports said on Wednesday citing sources. The David Cameron government in July delayed plans to ban company branding on cigarette packets, a move that was strongly criticized by health campaigners. The government distanced itself earlier, saying it wanted to first see the impact of a similar decision in Australia. The Times on Wednesday reported that the British government will announce a review, the findings of which are expected to strongly back the case for plain packaging, and plain cigarette packets are expected to be on shop shelves before the 2015 election. "We need immediate legislation for standard cigarette packaging, not another review. The Government needs to stand up to the tobacco industry's vested interests," Labor Party's Shadow Public Health Minister Luciana Berger said on Wednesday. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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"For a long time tobacco was normalized in our society, and the (health) impacts of that were devastating. We're still dealing with that," Routledge said in an interview. He is particularly concerned about the marketing of flavoured e-cigarettes, which are used to entice non-smokers to the products, particularly adolescents. "If the purpose is to use it as a smoking cessation aid, I don't personally see why you would have to have it flavoured," he said. Adolescents could get hooked on nicotine through e-cigarettes and then go on to smoke regular cigarettes, he said. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Many ex-smokers can remember their last cigarette, and the moment when they decided to quit the habit for good. On the occasion of Thursday's Great American Smokeout, an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society, here's a look at nine former smokers and the moment they decided it was time to say goodbye. Kara Wethington's 66-year-old grandmother had just died. Wethington took one final drag on a cigarette. It was 2000, and she decided this would be her last smoke. "I was shocked because this woman was an ox who smoked four packs of Pall Mall cigarettes a day and worked full time as a nurse," said the Los Angeles resident, who was 23 at the time. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

E-cigarette trend worries health officials

Your Sex Life Will Be Better Here's a bedroom-related reason to quit smoking: studies have suggested a link between smoking and decreased sex drives for both men and women. Studies published in 2008 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine showed that nicotine can affect even nonsmoking men's and women's sexual arousal. And if that's not enough to convince you, well, there's also this. You'll Save Your Skin If you want your skin to be at its best, then you're better off quitting cigarettes. WebMD points out that smoking affects skin tone, promotes sagginess and, of course, causes those wrinkles around the lip area. However, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery notes that just a month-and-a-half after quitting smoking, your skin will already begin to look better. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit