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AN OPPORTUNITY to find out more about government plans on plain packaging for cigarettes is coming to Portsmouth.

A mini roadshow will be stopping in Commercial Road where a team will provide information on the ongoing public consultation.

Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, director of public health in Portsmouth, said: ‘The idea behind this proposal is to stop packaging itself acting as an advert to youngsters – tempting them into a highly-addictive habit that could seriously damage their health and lead to an early death.

‘We urge people to participate in the consultation and make their views about plain packaging heard.’

The Department of Health says that every year 340,000 children in England try smoking.

It also reveals that 200,000 under-16s become regular smokers.

Researchers believe people are more likely to be attracted by the designed promotional tobacco packs than by plain packaging.

New government legislation hopes children will become discouraged from smoking if tobacco packaging look less attractive. It also promotes more health warnings and prevention of ‘misleading’ branding which may suggest that some cigarettes are less harmful than others.

The roadshow comes to Portsmouth on July 7.

The consultation closes on July 10. For more information visit consultations.dh.gov.uk/