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Setback for cigs and booze plans

OVER the past week, the government has dealt a double blow to attempts to relieve the burden on the health service and improve the wellbeing of the nation.

Doctors are united in their desire to see a minimum unit price for alcohol and the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes – both of which have been proved to be effective measures.

We hear repeatedly that the government wants to reduce avoidable early deaths. But for the health service to do this, we need the right tools to do the job.

We urge the government not to wait, but to implement minimum unit pricing and plain packaging as a matter of urgency.

PROFESSOR SUE BAILEY

President, Royal College of

Psychiatrists

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