This briefing explains the changes to tobacco packaging that will take effect in the UK from 20th May 2016. It also includes counter-arguments to the claims made by the tobacco industry about standardised packaging.Myth-buster-final-PDF.pdf
A short guide to tobacco regulations that are due to be implemented in 2016/17. This includes standardised packaging and measures covered by the EU Tobacco Products Directive.Changes to tobacco regulations 2017
This fact sheet focuses primarily on waterpipe use and regulation in the UK. Oct 2015.28. Waterpipes (shisha)
This fact sheet provides an overview of the smokefree law together with related information including surveys showing levels of support for smokefree measures. April 2015.14. Smokefree Legislation
Making the home totally smokefree is the only reliable way of reducing exposure to secondhand smoke as partial restrictions are not effective. April 201525. Secondhand smoke in the home
Legal Opinion on the compatibility of the UK proposals to introduce standardised packaging on tobacco products in England with the revised EU Tobacco Products Directive.Legal Opinion on standardised tobacco packaging
Laws prohibiting smoking in vehicles carrying children have been adopted in 10 Canadian provinces/territories, 7 Australian states/territories, 6 U.S. states, as well as South Africa, Mauritius, Bahrain, and Puerto Rico. A briefing by the Canadian Cancer Society. 2014.international-overview-2014-02-03-vehicles-with-kids.pdf
Research shows that Point of Sale (PoS) display has a direct impact on young people’s smoking. In 2006, almost half (46%) of UK teenagers were aware of tobacco display at PoS and those professing an intention to smoke were more likely to recall brands that they had seen at the point of sale.ASH Briefing on Tobacco Displays at the Point of Sale
Australia was the first country in the world to require standardised packaging of tobacco products, prohibiting company logos and colours. The law, which took effect from 1 December 2012, also requires enlarged pictorial health warnings on both sides of the pack.
Response to government consultation on standardised packaging of tobacco products.ASH response to the consultation on standardised packaging
The sale of tobacco products from vending machines became illegal in England from 1 October 2011. This briefing explains the background to the law and why it was introduced.ASH Briefing on Tobacco Vending Machines
All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health report on smoking in private vehicles – November 2011APPG-Inquiry-Vehicles-FINAL.pdf
At its third session in November 2008, the Conference of the Parties (COP) adopted guidelines for implementation of Article 11 of the WHO FCTC on “Packaging and labelling of Tobacco Products” (decision FCTC/COP3(10)).