Irish lobby opposes plain cigarette packaging

It's an attempt to denormalise smoking, says smokers lobby group.

15th August, 2012

Forest Eireann, the smokers' lobby group, has today criticised the plain packaging law to be introduced in Australia and said such a move would face opposition here.

John Mallon of Forest Eireann said, "Putting cigarettes in standardised packs is tantamount to state-sponsored bullying. It is yet another attempt to denormalise a legal product, stigmatising those who consume it.”

Mallon said plain packaging would meet serious opposition if it was proposed in Ireland.

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