Packaging of tobacco products

Information for retailers and distributors of tobacco products, enforcement agencies and the public on changes to tobacco packaging.


Tobacco packaging guidance

Tobacco and herbal packaging rules: quick guide

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This guidance provides an overview of new rules on the retail packaging of tobacco, and herbal products for smoking, which came into force on 20 May 2016.

These rules include, for example, minimum sized health warnings on all retail tobacco packaging, and herbal products for smoking. They also require standardised packaging, or plain packaging, for individual cigarette sticks, cigarette packs and hand rolling tobacco packs for retail.

The new rules, which implement the Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU), follow the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Regulations 2015 and the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016.

This guidance does not apply to the new rules for electronic cigarettes under the Tobacco Products Directive.

Published 20 May 2016
Last updated 24 June 2016 + show all updates
  1. Annex has been updated with a new set of images of graphic health warnings.
  2. Added a new document, Tobacco and herbal packaging rules: quick guide
  3. First published.