As distributors of tobacco products, FWD members help to ensure that age-restricted goods are sold legally through responsible retailers.
FWD supports measures to prevent the illegal trade in counterfeit and duty-avoided cigarettes, and initiatives that raise awareness of the health harms associated with smoking. However, we believe legislation to reduce smoking rates among young people must be evidence based.
Tobacco products in the supply chain upstream of the point of sale cannot influence attitudes to smoking as they are not visible to the public. Standardised packaging in distribution would place a disproportionate burden on wholesalers and retailers without achieving any of the aims of the proposed legislation. Therefore we support the view that packaging that does not reach the consumer should bear manufacturers’ identification, brand names and pricing details. Packaging used only in distibution should not be included in the new regulations imposing standardised packaging on consumer product packaging.
Tobacco products in the supply chain upstream of the point of sale cannot influence attitudes to smoking as they are not visible to the public
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11/03/2015 - Wholesalers retain tobacco branding in depots as government standardises consumer packs
26/06/2014 - Wholesalers applaud exclusion from tobacco plain packaging
03/04/2014 - Plain packaging ignores business impact and lacks evidence base