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Statement by Dr. Kelly Henning on UK Court Decision to Strike Down Tobacco Industry Challenge on Plain Packaging

“Today the UK High Court ruled in favor of public health by dismissing tobacco industry claims that challenged the 2015 UK law that required tobacco products be sold in plain packaging. Bloomberg Philanthropies supports this ruling and applauds the UK court for paving the way for implementation of UK plain packaging, tomorrow, May 20th. The Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use focuses on evidence based tobacco policies and works to promote public awareness of tobacco’s harms. This ruling is an important step in the accelerating movement by countries to include plain packaging in their comprehensive tobacco control strategies and to raise awareness about the massive health harms of tobacco use.” – Dr. Kelly Henning, Director of Public Health, Bloomberg Philanthropies

About Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies has invested $600 million to implement proven tobacco control policies around the world and works on other issues including the arts, education, the environment and government innovation. For more information, visit

About Dr. Kelly Henning:
Dr. Kelly Henning has led the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Health program since its inception in 2007. She is a medical doctor and epidemiologist trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and public health. Projects under her direction include the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, a 10-year global project aimed at curbing the tobacco epidemic in low- and middle-income countries, the Bloomberg Global Road Safety Program, a 10-year commitment to reducing road traffic deaths and injuries in developing countries, and the Bloomberg Maternal Health Program, a reproductive health initiative based in Africa. Prior to joining Bloomberg Philanthropies, Dr. Henning was an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiologist at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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