Plain packaging of tobacco products never intended as 'silver bullet'

It complements anti-smoking measures, such as the ban on point-of-sale display

The recent proposal to introduce standardised tobacco packaging has elicited strong responses from diverse sectors.

Many have lauded the move, including Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), who tweeted a congratulatory message to Singapore. However, some have derided the move as superficial and naive, and one which is unlikely to change the behaviour of smokers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2018, with the headline 'Plain packaging of tobacco products never intended as 'silver bullet''. Print Edition | Subscribe