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UK Health Forum welcomes UK High Court ruling in favour of standardised tobacco packaging
Date19 May 2016
Year 2016
Commenting on today’s judgement on the tobacco industry’s legal challenge to standardised tobacco packaging Paul Lincoln, Chief Executive of the UK Health Forum said: 
“We enthusiastically welcome this important ruling in favour of the public’s health. This landmark judgement is a comprehensive defeat for the tobacco industry and fully justifies the Government’s determination to go ahead with the introduction of standardised tobacco packaging. This regulation is a vital public health measure that will curb the glamorous appeal of smoking, and help reduce the numbers of children and young people who start to smoke every year.” 
The standardised packaging Regulations come into effect in the UK tomorrow (Friday 20th May 2016). This ruling will pave the way for other countries to move forward with their own regulations on packaging - France and the Republic of Ireland have already passed legislation and other countries are expected to follow soon, including Canada, Hungary, Norway and Slovenia (1). 
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