Barbara has said that the Government has lost its way on public health measures and has given in to vested interests in the tobacco industry.
Health Ministers have announced they will not be taking action to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products.
Barbara has supported calls for the Government to bring in a law to require plain, standardised packaging as this would help to discourage young people in Salford from starting smoking. Cancer Research UK has estimated that 945young people started smoking in Salford during last 12 months.
Speaking after an urgent question debate on the issue in the Commons, Barbara said:
“In Salford we have very high rates of both smoking-related deaths and early deaths from cancer. It is vital that we don’t allow this loss of life to continue. Cigarette packs are designed to make smoking look cool and attractive to young people. In reality, smoking can lead to addiction, illness and early death.
“There is deep disappointment among health organizations that the Government has given in to the interests of the big tobacco firms by kicking plans to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products into the long grass. If we want to stop a new generation of young people taking up smoking, the Government must act now.”