UK introduces plain packaging laws for tobacco

31st May 2016

Earlier this month (May) saw the end for brightly coloured tobacco packaging in the UK, as legislation surrounding their design has changed.

In a year's time, all tobacco products on sale will be produced in plain and standardised packets and will only include large picture health warnings.

So far, the feeling has been positive towards this, as the UK and France are joining Australia as the first three countries to introduce the same/similar laws.

Australia has been far ahead of the other two though, as its packaging came into effect in 2012.

Picture health warnings will now cover 65 per cent of the front and back of packaging for both cigarettes and rolling tobacco, and the brand names will all have a standardised font, colour and size.

In addition, minimum packet sizes will be 20 cigarettes and 30 grams for hand-rolled tobacco.

Sir Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK's chief executive, said: "Australia's experience has shown that standard packaging helps reduce youth smoking rates. We look forward to a tobacco free generation, which won't be scarred by this lethal addiction.

Posted by Philip Briggs


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