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4 November 2002




The 400% increase in the personal allowance for cigarettes being brought into the UK is sending out "very unfortunate mixed messages", says the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association.

The CPHVA’s AGM condemned the government’s recent decision to increase the allowance for personal use of cigarettes from 800 to 3,200.

The CPHVA is asking the amicus-MSF trade union, of which it is an autonmous section, to put pressure on ministers to rescind the decision.

The CPHVA’s director, Mark Jones said: ‘I know that the cross-Channel trade in cigarettes and alcohol is hard to police, but this decision is sending out very mixed messages about public health.’

The decision is in direct conflict with the Department of Health’s own stance on smoking cessation, including the National Services Framework for coronary disease.’

Our members, who are at the forefront of implementing the government’s public health strategy, are rightly concerned about what they see as an ill-advised encouragement to smokers.’

Research has shown that smokers disportionately tend to come from the lower income groups, who already face many health inequalities compared with higher income groups. In this respect the government decision to increase the personal allowance on cigarettes has not been helpful.’



Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

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The CPHVA - the UK’s third largest nursing union - represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses, district nurses and nursery nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is a professional section of the Amicus trade union