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Smokers will spend around £2000 a year on cigarettes as plain, standardised packs come into full force

Anne Li                                            5/20/17

 

From May 20, all tobacco products sold in the UK will come in plain standardised packaging, as decades of harmful marketing tactics by the tobacco industry draw to a close. Alongside standardised packaging, a series of new regulations and taxes also mean smokers are paying more for a pack of cigarettes than ever before. The average smoker will now spend more than £2000* each year fuelling their addiction.  That’s enough to fill a family’s food trolley for six months, buy a pair of Premier League season tickets, or even take the kids to Disneyland. Smoking already disproportionately affects the lowest earners – it is the single biggest cause of health inequalities in the UK and these figures also highlight the significant economic burden tobacco places on society.

 

See original article at: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/press-release/2017-05-20-smokers-will-spend-around-ps2000-a-year-on-cigarettes-as-plain-standardised-packs-come-into-full

 

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