Thursday 18 January 2018

Plain packaging won't totally stub out the urge to smoke

Dr James Reilly has introduced plain-packaging legislation
Dr James Reilly has introduced plain-packaging legislation

Barbara McCarthy

Last week, President Michael D Higgins signed legislation enforcing the plan to make Ireland the first country in the EU to introduce plain cigarette packaging, 11 years after we became the first country to ban smoking in public places.

This begs the question; does logo-free packaging make people smoke less? In Australia, where it was introduced in December 2012, there is a 12.2pc fall in consumption.

It's not exactly plain packaging though. The boxes are olive green, while revolting photographs consume the entire front of the box.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss