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Plain packaging cigarettes

Plain packaging was introduced by Australia in December, 2012 to reduce the appeal of cigarettes and reduce smoking rates.

Plain packaging removes logos, colours, brand images and promotional information from cigarette packages – all packs are a standard colour, with a standard font, and a large, graphic health warning.

Over 20 countries around the world are at various stages of implementing, progressing or investigating plain packaging laws.

Which countries have implemented plain packaging?

These countries have passed legislation to implement or progress plain packaging:

 

December, 2012

Australia

Australia: Plain packaging is fully implemented. All tobacco products sold, offered for sale, or otherwise supplied are now in plain packs.

August, 2016

Hungary

Hungary: Plain packaging is being implemented, with the first plain cigarettes and tobacco products now being produced. Full implementation is due by May, 2019.

January, 2017

France

France: Plain packaging is fully implemented. All cigarettes sold must now be in plain packs.

February, 2017

Slovenia

Slovenia: Law on plain packaging is passed. It is due to come into effect from 2020.

May, 2017

United Kingdom

United Kingdom: Plain packaging is fully implemented. All cigarettes sold must now be in plain packs.

June, 2018

New Zealand

New Zealand: Plain packaging is fully implemented. All cigarettes sold must now be in plain packs.

July, 2018

Norway

Norway: Plain packaging is fully implemented. All cigarettes sold must now be in plain packs.

October, 2018

Ireland

Ireland: Plain packaging is fully implemented. All cigarettes sold must now be in plain packs.

December, 2018

Turkey

Turkey: Plain packaging is fully implemented. All cigarettes sold must now be in plain packs.


Positive impact of plain packaging.

More information

Sources:

Australia
Government: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/tobacco-plain

France
Tobacco Labelling Resource Centre: http://www.tobaccolabels.ca/countries/france/

Ireland
Government: http://health.gov.ie/healthy-ireland/tobacco/standardisedplain-pack-cigarettes

Hungary
World Health Organisation: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/disease-prevention/tobacco/news/news/2017/08/plain-packaged-cigarettes-in-hungary-making-kicking-the-habit-easier-for-hungarians

New Zealand
Government: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/tobacco-control/tobacco-standardised-packaging

Norway
The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC): https://www.uicc.org/news/norway-adopts-standardised-packaging-save-lives-and-prevent-suffering-tobacco-use

United Kingdom
Government: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/packaging-of-tobacco-products