Parliament set to vote to ban branding on cigarette packs

March 11, 2015 8:41 AM

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LONDON (Reuters) - Lawmakers in the lower house of parliament are expected to vote to ban branding on cigarette packs by a large margin later on Wednesday, a move that would force manufacturers to adopt plain packets in England by 2016.

The measure, aimed at improving public health and cutting the number of child smokers, is likely to crimp tobacco firms' profits and would emulate Australia, which two years ago enacted a law forcing cigarettes to be sold in plain olive green packaging with images showing the damaging effects of smo...

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