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14 November 2002

CROSS-CHANNEL CIGARETTE BOOST SENDS ‘MIXED MESSAGES’

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.’

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The CPHVA represents 18,000 health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the amicus trade union. MSF joined with the AEEU to form amicus, the UK’s second largest union, on 1 January 2002.

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NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

For further information, please contact:

Ann Owen ( 07768 931 297

Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

mobile ( 07768 69 39 40

CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA web site: amicus-cphva.org

 The CPHVA represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the amicus trade union. MSF joined with the AEEU to form amicus, the UK’s second largest union, on 1 January 2002.

NOTE FOR NEWS DESKS

For further information, please contact

Shaun Noble Press Officer (020) 7939 7043 Mobile 0468 69 39 40 MSF

press releases can be seen on our web site: www.msf.org.uk

Amicus/MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners' Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

Amicus/MSF has 400,000 skilled and professional members in a wide range of industries. It is the UK's second largest union.

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