This section is about plain packaging regulation, but for information on all forms of tobacco control legislation (warnings, additives, advertising, etc), visit the Tobacco Control Laws website.
Plain packaging removes color and branding on cigarette packages; graphic photos and warnings of diseases caused by tobacco use are sometimes added. The WHO report Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products: Evidence, Design, and Implementation (2016) provides excellent background.
WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
Adopted as World Health Assembly Resolution 56.1 and entered into force on February 27, 2005, this is the first treaty negotiated by WHO.
The following jurisdictions have implemented some form of plain packaging law. Know of another? Let us know!
- East Timor
- While not strictly plain packaging, Diploma Ministerial No. 2/2018 (p. 15) regulates packaging in various ways (color and placement of brand; logos are allowed, but only in white). An English translation is available here.
- Decret no. 2016-334 du 21 mars 2016 relatif au paquet neutre des cigarettes et de certains produits du tabac (Decree no. 2016-334 of 21 March 2016 on Plain Packaging of Cigarettes and Certain Tobacco Products; Texte 5 on p. 37). An English translation is available here.
- Ordonnance no. 2016-623 du 19 mai 2016 portant transposition de la directive 2014/40/UE sur la fabrication, la présentation et la vente des produits du tabac et des produits connexes (Order no. 2016-623 of 19 May 2016 Transposing Directive 2014/40/EU on the Manufacture and Sale of Tobacco and Related Products; Texte 27 on p. 86). This transposes the EU directive on tobacco products into French law. An English translation is available here.
- See also Conseil constitutionnel Decision n° 2015-727 DC du 21 janvier 2016 (Law Modernizing Our Health System) and Conseil d’État case n° 399117 du 23 décembre 2016.
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- United Kingdom