31st May is World No Tobacco Day and the World Health Organisation are calling on countries to get ready for standardised (plain) packaging of tobacco products.
The standardised packaging Regulations came into effect in the UK on Friday 20th May 2016. All cigarettes manufactured for sale in the UK after this date must comply with standardised packaging regulations. Cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco will be sold in drab brown packages which have had all the attractive features and colours removed.
Companies will have until May 20, 2017 to ensure the changes are fully implemented after the EU Tobacco Products Directive was passed in May 2015 which also means packaging must be standardised, with packs having the same colour, opening and font.
The new law also means menthol and flavoured tobacco will be banned from 2020 onwards. Despite attempts by the tobacco companies to reverse the ruling, the European Court of Justice judged that the directive was “lawful”.
From Friday onwards, packaging must also have 60 per cent of the packaging on show covered by images and text demonstrating the damage that smoking does to your health.
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