The UK is the second country in the world and the first in Europe to require cigarettes to be sold in plain, standardised packaging, following the lead of Australia which implemented the measure in December 2012.
For more information see ASH’s briefings below and the Smokefree Action Coalition website which has a dedicated page on standardised packaging which includes links to key parliamentary debates and press releases.
See below for a summary of the High Court judgement on the tobacco industry’s legal challenge to standardised packaging released on 19 May 2016.
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Australia was the first country in the world to implement standardised packaging of tobacco products, prohibiting company logos and colours. The law which took effect on 1 December 2012 also requires enlarged pictorial health warnings on both sides of the pack.
Tobacco packaging has become one of the tobacco industry’s leading promotional tools. Research suggests that standardised packaging would increase the impact of health warnings, reduce false and misleading messages that one type of cigarette is less harmful than another, and reduce the attractiveness of smoking to young people.Read More
For research and media purposes, ASH is providing a summary of the High Court judgement on the tobacco industry’s legal challenge to standardised packaging on 19 May 2016.Read More
This short briefing for health professionals answers some of the most commonly asked questions about the new tobacco packaging.Read More
A postcard explaining the changes to tobacco packaging due to take effect from May 2016.Read More
A summary of developments around the world. Produced by the Canadian Cancer Society. May 2016Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Response to government consultation on standardised packaging of tobacco products.Read More