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New Figures on Teens Smoking Negates Need for Plain Packs

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Published by: Joe Lenane | Published Date: 31st July 2012

News that the number of 11 to 15 year olds that are regularly smoking and drinking is at record low levels has been welcomed by the NFRN.

Commenting on the Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England in 2011 report from the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre, National President Alan Smith said: “NFRN members are responsible retailers and are fully supportive of the government’s aim to reduce levels of smoking and drinking. 

"As such we are pleased to see that smoking and drinking among 11 to 15 year olds is at an all time low.  Given these latest statistics, we see no need for tobacco products to be put in plain packs and would repeat our calls for the government to look instead at making proxy purchasing of tobacco illegal and cracking down on illicit and smuggled tobacco – which is the form most likely to be smoked by adolescents.”

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