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Commenting on the government’s plans to change the law to ensure that cigarettes are sold in plain packages, Christopher Snowdon, Director of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:

“This is a gross infringement of the right of companies to use their trademarks and design their own packaging. There is no need to wonder what will happen next, we need only look at Australia where the black market has grown and youth smoking has risen. To pursue this grandstanding policy in spite of the Australian experience is sheer negligence.”

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