Hands Off
Our Packs!

About the Campaign

This website is owned and managed by Forest (Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco). Forest is supported by British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco Limited and Gallaher Limited (a member of the Japan Tobacco Group of Companies). The tobacco companies are proud to support this campaign. However the views expressed on this or any other Forest-affiliated website are those of Forest alone.


Since 2002 governments in the UK have passed legislation to ban:

  • tobacco advertising and sponsorship
  • smoking in all enclosed public places (including every pub and private members' club)
  • cigarette vending machines and the
  • display of tobacco in shops and other retail outlets

Other anti-smoking initiatives have included graphic health warnings on packs and increasing the duty on tobacco to record levels.

Plain packaging is the next battleground in the war on tobacco, a legal product that raises over £10 billion a year for the Treasury.

In 2012 a four-month government consultation in 2012 resulted in over 665,000 responses. Over 250,000 responses were generated by the Hands Off Our Packs campaign. Overall there was a huge majority (427,888) opposed to plain packaging.

In May 2013, when standardised packaging was omitted from the Queen's Speech and the Government's programme of legislation, it appeared ministers had accepted both the result of the consultation and the fact that there was no credible evidence that plain packaging will stop children smoking.

In November 2013 the Government unexpectedly announced it had commissioned a new review of the evidence on plain packaging, to be carried out by paediatrician Sir Cyril Chantler before the end of March 2014.

On April 3, 2014, Sir Cyril's report was published. Despite the continuing lack of evidence, Sir Cyril recommended the introduction of plain packaging and public health minister Jane Ellison consequently issued a statement to the House of Commons in which she said she was "minded" to introduce the policy subject to a "final short consultation".

If you are opposed to plain packaging please visit our microsite No Prime Minister where you can send a template letter to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street.

In addition, and to register your support for our campaign, please your details in the form in the right hand column. If requested to do so we will also send you further information as the campaign develops. You can unsubscribe at any time.

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If you would like to contact Hands Off Our Packs:

Media enquiries: 
+44 (0) 7071 766537 (24 hours)

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+44 (0) 1223 370156 (office hours)



Our Supporters 

Hands Off Our Packs is supported by adults from all walks of life. They include smokers and non-smokers who are sick of being patronised by the tobacco control industry.

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In 2012 the Government held a 16-week public consultation on whether the UK should adopt standardised (or 'plain') packaging for tobacco products. The consultation received over 665,000 responses, with a substantial majority (427,888) opposed to standard packs. In 2014 the Government conducted a further six-week consultation on the regulations for plain packaging. Together the Prime Minister and the Department of Health received a further 150,000 responses (via the Hands Off Our Packs campaign) opposing plain packs. In September the Government informed the EU it had yet to make a decision on the issue. To inform your MP of your opposition to plain packs and request they forward your views to the relevant ministers, please visit our LAST CHANCE SALOON microsite NOW! To receive updates about our campaign please enter your details below.

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