Japan International Tobacco Criticized Scottish Government over Plain Packaging Law

April 11th, 2013 00:00

Japan International Tobacco (JTI) has criticized press reviews declaring that the Scottish authorities are planning to launch plain packaging for smoking products.


Last week, Scottish minister for public health Michael Matheson presented a tobacco control plan backing the release of standard packaging amongst other actions. Nevertheless, the Scottish government proved it would wait for the UK government and the some other devolved administrations’ replies to the UK-wide discussion on standardized packaging before determining on the majority of suitable legislative alternative.

Jorge da Motta, managing director of JTI, called the press reports as “wide of the mark”. “The UK Department of Health has still to release the results of its appointment and has lately mentioned that no conclusion has been made on this problem,” he stated. “Plain packaging would not produce any public health benefits and would strike Scotland’s 5,800 law abiding self-governing suppliers the toughest. Plain packaging plans will offer a step-by-step instruction for the faking of genuine products, and make it even overpriced to duplicate them; the major players in Scotland would be global criminal gangs.”

Major steps of the Scotland’s tobacco control plan include things like:

  • Establishing 2034 as a goal for a smoking-free Scotland
  • Backing the launch of standard packaging
  • Investing in training programmes for youngsters
  • Creating smoke-free hospital grounds by 2015
  • Conducting a nationwide marketing promotion on the hazard of second-hand smoke
  • Placing an aim for decreasing children’s exposure to second-hand smoke.

Matheson stated: “Our perspective of a smoke-free generation is about enjoying the health, social and economic advantages that a substantial decrease in cigarette use would bring - it would be a success of which we could all be satisfied. “That’s why solid and critical action, such as standardized packaging and multiplied education, are the correct actions to stop youngsters from starting smoking.”

Dr. Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive mentioned: “Replacing bright, decorated packages that attract children with standard packages featuring well known health warnings would be a massive public health accomplishment and provide teenagers one less motive to start smoking.

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