Asthma UK response to Standardised Packaging for Cigarettes

The House of Commons have voted in favour of standardised packaging for cigarettes. This will go through to the Lords on Monday 16 March 2015.

Kay Boycott, Chief Executive of Asthma UK, says: "Today's vote on standardised packaging for cigarettes is a landmark victory for people with asthma. The health impact of smoking on asthma is enormous: it both causes people to develop asthma and can trigger potentially life threatening asthma attacks. It also reduces lung function and can lessen the effectiveness of some asthma medicines. We are delighted that MPs have voted in favour of standardised packaging today and we urge the Lords to pass this law next week, so that the 1 in 11 people with asthma - and particularly more than 1 million children in the UK - are a step closer to benefiting from a smoke free future."