Calls for Hampshire residents to back anti-smoking campaign

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PEOPLE in Hampshire have just days to back an anti-smoking campaign.

Cancer Research UK is urging people to sign a petition in support of the charity’s The Answer is Plain initiative, which aims to stop children across the south east from becoming the next generation of smokers.

It calls on cigarette packets to be stripped of their branding and comes as a UK-wide consultation on whether boxes should be plain packs is due to close on August 10.

Helen Johnstone, Cancer Research UK’s spokesman for the south east, said: ‘Now that advertising tobacco is illegal, the tobacco industry is relying more and more on glizty packs to recruit the 100,000 new smokers they need to replace those who die from the habit each year in the UK.

‘We know plain packs with large health warnings reduce the appeal of cigarettes to young people and help to make the dangers of smoking clearer.

‘So it’s up to the public now to show their support and seize this unique opportunity.’