Uniform packaging rules for tobacco will be introduced from today after a legal challenge against the new law was dismissed by the High Court. The case was brought by four of the world’s biggest tobacco firms, Philip Morris, BAT, Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco, but Mr Justice Green dismissed all their grounds of challenge. Speaking after Thursday’s High Court ruling on the new UK laws, Jane Ellison MP, public health minister said: “First and foremost, this is a victory for a generation that will grow up smoke-free. Standardised packaging will reduce smoking rates and save lives, which will always be a top priority for this government.” Japan Tobacco and BAT say they intend to appeal.
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