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Debate: Plain packaging - triumph or tyranny

Apr 29. till Apr 29.

Thankyou to our sponsors, speakers, hosts and audience


Sponsored by: Cancer Research UK

Hosted by: David Napier, University College London

Chaired by: Dame Helena Shovelton, DBE

With Speakers For the Motion:
Prof. Robert West, Professor of Health Psychology and Director of Tobacco Studies, UCL
Rt Hon Kevin Baron MP
Bob Blackman MP

With Speakers Against the Motion:
Ian Paisley Jr MP, Junior Minister in the Office of the First Minister & deputy First Minister, Northern Ireland
Claire Fox, Director, Institute of Ideas

Date
April 29, 20132013-04-29T06:30:00 - April 29, 2013 2013-04-29T08:00:00
Time
6:30 PM 2013-04-29T06:30:00 - 8:00 PM 2013-04-29T08:00:00
Location
University College London, Gordon Square, WC1H 0AG
Left to right: Ian Paisley Jr MP, Junior Minister in the Office of the First Minister & deputy First Minister, Northern Ireland; Dame Helena Shovelton, Chair, 2020health; Claire Fox, Director, Institute of Ideas; The Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP; Professor David Napier, Social Anthropologist, UCL
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Left to right: Ian Paisley Jr MP, Junior Minister in the Office of the First Minister & deputy First Minister, Northern Ireland; Dame Helena Shovelton, Chair, 2020health; Claire Fox, Director, Institute of Ideas; The Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP; Professor David Napier, Social Anthropologist, UCL

Brief

Following votes across UK governments, smoking was banned in all workplaces, cafes, restaurants, clubs, shopping centers, public and work transport. The ban came into force in Scotland on March 26th 2006; Wales on April 2nd; and Northern Ireland on April 30th. England enforced the ban a year later on July 1st 2007.

Smoking is known to cause lung cancer and cardiovascular disease. Since the introduction of the smoking ban in public places, there has been a significant reduction in the number of smoking related hospital admissions for heart attacks, stroke and respiratory disease. These findings have been reiterated in many international studies. Smoking bans have been widely hailed as successful at improving health around the world.

Many people think that now we have a smoking ban in public areas, this means the war on smoking has been won. However health campaigners are now pressing for plain packaging of cigarettes. The Australian Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 requires all tobacco products sold in Australia to have plain packaging. New Zealand has recently announced similar plans. Is this necessary for the United Kingdom and what does it mean for society? There is speculation that these measures may be announced in the Queen’s speech at the next state opening of parliament on 8 May 2013. However, some campaigners argue that it is an infringement of civil liberty and sets a precedent against an individual’s freedoms and rights to choice.

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Left to right: The Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP, Professor Robert West, Professor of Health Psychology and Director of Tobacco Studies, UCL; Dame Helena Shovelton, Chair, 2020health
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Left to right: The Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP, Professor Robert West, Professor of Health Psychology and Director of Tobacco Studies, UCL; Dame Helena Shovelton, Chair, 2020health
Left to right: Dame Helena Shovelton, Chair, 2020health; Claire Fox, Director, Institute of Ideas
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Left to right: Dame Helena Shovelton, Chair, 2020health; Claire Fox, Director, Institute of Ideas
Left to right : The Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP; Professor Robert West, Professor of Health Psychology and Director of Tobacco Studies, UCL; Dame Helena Shovelton, Chair, 2020health
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Left to right : The Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP; Professor Robert West, Professor of Health Psychology and Director of Tobacco Studies, UCL; Dame Helena Shovelton, Chair, 2020health
Left to right: Julia Manning, Chief Executive, 2020health; Professor Robert West, Professor of Health Psychology and Director of Tobacco Studies, UCL
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Left to right: Julia Manning, Chief Executive, 2020health; Professor Robert West, Professor of Health Psychology and Director of Tobacco Studies, UCL

Discussion Notes (PDF, 626 KB)

Discussion Notes

- Introduction
- Vote results before the Debate
- Debate Summary of Arguments
- Vote results after the Debate