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Plain cigarette packages will aid illegal trade

FURTHER to your article, 'Cigs packets 'mislead kids over smoking risk'' (News, March 18), I, like many other newsagents and convenience store retailers, certainly believe that young people under the age of 18 should be prevented from accessing and smoking tobacco.

I do not feel standard packaging – or plain packaging, as it is more commonly known – is the most effective way to achieve these aims.

Plain packaging would increase the ease of production of cigarettes by counterfeiters, as they would only have one packet to copy, rather than the intricately designed variety available at present.

JOHN McKEOWN

Spokesman, Tobacco Retailers Alliance

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