Belgians, even smokers, in favour of plain packagingThursday, 19 July 2018 11:03
The highest number of smokers is in Wallonia and Brussels, at 26%, while in Flanders only an average of 19% of people smoke. Men continue to smoke more than women – 23% to 21%, although more men than women have also given up.
When it comes to tobacco advertising, 69% are against any for of advertising at the point of sale, with 61% in favour of plain packaging – where brand signatures such as the famous red triangle of Marlboro are replaced by brand-neutral packages. However studies carried out in countries like Australia where such measures have been imposed demonstrate little or no difference to smokers, a hard core of whom continue to smoke regardless.
Federal health minister Maggie De Block aims to introduce a law on plain packaging by next year, while the number of people who smoke daily comes down to 17% this year – a figure the poll appears to support. The government has until this weekend, the start of the parliamentary recess, to push through a bill on plain packaging, Suzanne Gabriëls, tobacco expert at the Foundation said.
The Brussels Times
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