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A GOVERNMENT U-turn on introducing plain cigarette packaging has been slammed by Wigan Council.

Prime minister David Cameron hinted in March that the Government would introduce plain tobacco packaging, but such a move along with minimum alcohol pricing were both omitted from last week’s Queen’s Speech, causing anger among campaigners.

Coun Keith Cunliffe, cabinet champion for the environment, said: “Wigan Council was the first in England and Wales to pass a motion in support of plain packaging. We are disappointed that they have given in to the tobacco lobby on an issue that could have so many positive health outcomes.”

The Department of Health said no decision had been made about the plans.