Standardising of cigarette packaging in the UK begins Friday.
Once existing stocks on sale are gone smokers will easily spot the changes; plain packaging and packs of ten will no longer be on sale.
Contradictory evidence from Australia following similar restrictions can be used by both the pro and con camps.
In August 2012 tobacco companies went to the Australian High Court in an attempt to prevent the introduction of cigarettes packaged in unbranded cartons which were set to be covered with images showing in no uncertain terms what smoking could do for you.
The companies claimed that their trademark branding was something of value which would be lost if packs became non-branded but the High Court did not agree and rejected the tobacco companies' claims.
In the UK in March 2015 MP's voted in favour of introducing similar packaging of cigarettes in Britain and that time has arrived.
The free vote in the House of Commons in 2015 resulted in a win with 367 MPs in favour and 113 opposed.
The change also needed passing in the House of Lords who agreed to the changes.
A legal challenge by tobacco manufacturers has been dismissed and from May 20, 2016, all cigarettes in England will be packed in fairly plain standardised packaging that only shows the brand name and make. The packs will however include health warnings and probably graphic images to accompany them.
In Britain restrictions on smoking may have reduced the number of people smoking but vaping is on the increase.
Health officials in the UK have expressed their delight at the latest changes which they hope will aid their battle to beat smoking and its associated health issues.
But smoking and smokers are both complicated issues.
The packaging changes may not encourage die-hard smokers to quit but could however deter young people from starting smoking.
Plans to try to introduce this change in the UK were first discussed in 2011 but put on hold until 2015 ahead of the general election.
Pro-smoking groups still claim the jury is out on the benefits of changing the packaging of cigarettes in this way but health officials believe it will significantly reduce the number of new young smokers getting hooked each year.
Next up - Menthol cigarettes will be banned.
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Senior nursing staff hiding their uniforms under an outdoor coat as they shuffle off to take a 'fag break'.
These breaks are sometimes taken from their official breaks but there will always be some who win out.
And staff often know sneaky nooks and crannies on site where they will disappear for a while to have a smoke.
Many will not want to be a so called 'billy-no-mates' but prefer to go for a smoke with at least one other member of staff.
If they obey the rules and go off site that can leave a ward in a precarious state.But if patients have to go off site then so must staff.
All in all it is a contentious issue.
The UK is so anti-smoking these days it treats those who still puff away worse than an alcoholic or drug abuser.
With Bristol launching no smoke areas outdoors it is surely time for the government to ban all smoking any place and be done with it. But of course they will not as there is money in smoking.
Note: This writer quit smoking, and she did it cold turkey, around 30 years ago. It was tough but if I can do it so can any other person with the will.
My husband quit smoking 12-weeks ago after being a smoker for more than 50 years. He used the NHS quit smoking service and took a drug called Champix. That treatment ends soon but hopefully he has quit for good.
If you are a UK resident and want to quit smoking but are finding it difficult speak with your local pharmacist or GP for advice and help.