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Alexander Chancellor: Seduced by a Benson & Hedges packet aged 16

20 July 2013

9:00 AM

20 July 2013

9:00 AM

The government has done a puzzling U-turn over its plan to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes. It had seemed determined to put the plan into effect, but suddenly announced last week that it had had second thoughts. It was no longer sure that this would in fact discourage the young from taking up smoking, so it planned to wait and look at the effects of a similar measure in Australia before taking any decision.

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