I know I've pointed this out before but it merits repetition. Here's Mike Ridgeway from the Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance explaining:
“Plain packaging would have a catastrophic effect on the packaging industry and its supply chain that currently employs over 60,000 people across the UK. .
"It would remove the need for a series of highly skilled printing and packaging techniques that currently support jobs and flourishing apprenticeship schemes. Plain packaging could result in the loss of jobs within the supply chain and so it is essential that the Treasury and BIS undertake their own thorough assessments as part of this review.
“Inward investment into the UK packaging industry has been substantial in recent years, but further investments are on hold pending the Government’s decision on plain packaging. If the measure was adopted it would inevitably lead to jobs and investment being redirected to other parts of Europe and the world. It is extraordinary that the Government has so far failed to take these concerns into account."
So hundreds - perhaps thousands - of jobs are risked for a policy where these is no evidence at all from anywhere that it will make one jot of difference to either the take-up of smoking by young people or the continuation of smoking by grown-ups. Indeed, the decision to look only (and then selectively) at the supposed health benefits in the Chantler Review simply ignores those workers in Bradford.