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Offline Maik

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Brexit: up in smoke?
« on: Monday, 04 March, 2019 @ 03:28:26 »
Tobacco giants say getting rid of packaging pictures of diseased organs will cost them millions after Brexit

Tobacco giants say changes to packaging in a no-deal Brexit will cost the industry millions and boost black market sales.

The multinational companies also voiced fears that wasted stock could cause a heavy environmental toll, concerns described as breathtaking hypocrisy by anti-smoking campaigners.

If the UK crashes out without a deal on 29 March it will immediately lose copyright for a European Commission-owned library of images showing cancers, vascular disease and other smoking harms that currently adorn packets.

Existing images change each May and the Department of Health and Social Care's (DHSC) plan to license images from the Australian government instead appeared to make this one of the more easily avoided Brexit pitfalls.

However, responses from industry groups, seen by The Independent, insisted that changing the images and making new packets would be prohibitively costly and environmentally damaging.

I saw recently that MPs are in line for a pay rise. Whoever's in charge of this shambles shouldn't be allowed to run a three-legged race, never mind the country.