A legal challenge by major tobacco firms against the government’s plain packaging rules has the support of local MEP James Carver.
The regulations banning companies from using any logos or branding on packets of tobacco products are due to come into force from May next year.
Mr Carver, UKIP West Midlands Euro-MP said: “The firms argue that it will unlawfully take away their trademark intellectual property while on the other hand the government claims it will discourage more people from smoking.
“I actually fear this plain packaging will actually put people at greater risk of harm as there will be no way for consumers to know for sure whether the contents are genuine or counterfeit.
“The contents could be completely unmonitored and uncontrolled, particularly if bought ‘under the counter’.
“The other important issue that worries me is that the plan infringes the principle of personal choice. Having physically witnessed the passing of two loved ones who both smoked, from lung cancer, I would never advocate smoking but individuals must have freedom of choice.
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