Plain Packaging



ENSP strongly supports plain packaging as an effective measure for combatting tobacco consumption.

While scientific evidence shows that plain packaging has a positive impact on public health, the WHO FCTC and the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) provide legal frameworks for introducing plain packaging. ENSP therefore encourages all EU Member States to introduce plain packaging and to evaluate the results of the implementation in their population. Read more about the reasons for introducing plain packaging in ERS/ENSP Joint Statement on Plain Packaging.

Status of Plain Packaging implementation

Australia was the first country to adopt the measure and implement it in 2012[1] followed by France, which implemented the measure from 31 December 2016.[2] In the UK[3] and Ireland[4] plain packaging will be in force as of May 2017, Hungary will implement plain packaging in 2018[5] and Slovenia in January 2020.[6] A number of other countries have already taken strong steps in the legislation process or formally considered to introduce the measure such as Norway, New Zealand, Canada, Uruguay, Thailand, Singapore, Belgium, Romania, Turkey, Finland, Chile and South Africa.[7]

ENSP resources:

Further resources:

 

References
[1] Australian government, Introduction of plain packaging in Australia, the department of health, 27th May 2016, available from: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/tobacco-plain
[2] Marisol Touraine publie le calendrier d’application du paquet neutre, 22 March 2016, Ministère des Affaires sociales et de la Santé, available from: http://social-sante.gouv.fr/actualites/presse/communiques-de-presse/article/marisol-touraine-publie-le-calendrier-d-application-du-paquet-neutre
[3] Canadian Cancer Society, cigarette package Heath warnings, International status report fifth edition, October 2016, available from: https://www.cancer.ca/~/media/cancer.ca/CW/for%20media/Media%20releases/2016/CCS-international-cigarette-packaging-report-2016-English.pdf?la=en
[4] Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Act 2015 (Commencement) Order 2016 (S.I. no. 270 of 2016)
[5] Canadian Cancer Society, cigarette package Heath warnings, International status report fifth edition, October 2016, available from: https://www.cancer.ca/~/media/cancer.ca/CW/for%20media/Media%20releases/2016/CCS-international-cigarette-packaging-report-2016-English.pdf?la=en
[6] WHO Implementation Database, available from: http://apps.who.int/fctc/implementation/database/groups/slovenia-passes-law-require-plain-tobacco-packaging-2020
[7] Canadian Cancer Society, cigarette package Heath warnings, International status report fifth edition, October 2016, available from: https://www.cancer.ca/~/media/cancer.ca/CW/for%20media/Media%20releases/2016/CCS-international-cigarette-packaging-report-2016-English.pdf?la=en

Submitted by: Andrea Glahn, 8 October 2016