UK aims to pass law to ban branding on cigarette packs before May

January 22, 2015 8:42 AM

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LONDON (Reuters) - The British government said on Wednesday it would try to pass a law to force tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets without branding in England before May, ending years of debate and lobbying over the issue.

The move, aimed at improving public health and cutting the number of child smokers, is likely to crimp tobacco firms' profits and would see Britain follow in the footsteps of Australia, which two years ago enacted a groundbreaking law forcing cigarettes to be sold in plain olive green packaging with...

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