CAROLINE SPELMAN SUPPORTS ‘THE ANSWER IS PLAIN’ CAMPAIGN
Local MP Caroline Spelman met constituents Diane Moylan and Glynis Harrison at Westminster last week (Wednesday 27th June) to discuss Cancer Research UK’s ‘The Answer is Plain’ campaign, which calls for all branding to be removed from tobacco packaging. Diane and Glynis are Ambassadors for Cancer Research UK and were keen to share research which shows that striking logos and distinctive packet designs make cigarettes more appealing to children.
Diane from Castle Bromwich and Glynis from Smiths Wood travelled to London to meet with Caroline because they feel strongly about the devastating consequences of smoking, having had family members affected by illness associated with tobacco. This was Diane’s second visit to Parliament to meet Caroline. She first came in November 2010 to raise her concerns about the early diagnosis of cancer (Archive Picture also attached).
Diane said: “We must protect our children from the dangers of tobacco. I don’t want children being subjected to clever marketing techniques from an industry that has to recruit 100,000 new smokers each year to replace those who die from smoking.”
Glynis explains: ‘I am passionate about being a Campaigns Ambassador for Cancer Research UK after losing two brothers-in-law in their 50s to smoking-related cancers and having breast cancer myself in 2007, although I am a non-smoker. I believe that we must do everything we can to discourage children and young people from smoking and committing themselves to a lifetime of coughing and spluttering, and, inevitably, cancer.’
Caroline said: “I was really pleased to be able to meet with Diane and Glynis in Parliament to discuss the ‘answer is plain’ campaign’. I was particularly shocked to hear the statistics that 50% of young people who start smoking under the age of 20 will reduce their lives by 20 years. If tobacco packaging encourages young people to smoke then we have to take action. The Government is currently consulting on whether to force tobacco companies to use plain packs at the moment and I await the outcome with great interest.”
People in the Meriden constituency are being urged to sign Cancer Research UK’s campaign petition at www.theanswerisplain.org before the Government closes its consultation on plain cigarette packaging on the 10th July.