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MPs pass legislation to introduce standardised cigarette packaging

MPs have voted in favour of introducing standardised cigarette packaging from May 2016.

The packaging of all cigarettes sold in England will have to uniform in size, shape and design, with only the brand name and graphic health-warning images permitted on the front. A dark colour such as olive green is favoured for the packaging.

The result of the vote makes England the third country to introduce such a law. Ireland introduced similar legislation at the beginning of March and Australia did the same in 2012.

Powers to introduce standardised packaging were included in the Children and Families Act 2014 and only needed approval from parliament before being introduced.