Tobacco packaging guidance: guidance for retailers, manufacturers and distributors of tobacco products, enforcement agencies and the public on changes to tobacco packaging from 20 May 2016

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Great Britain. Department of Health
Department of Health
Date of publication
1 June 2016
Health Services
Social welfare
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This guidance provides an overview of new rules on the packaging of tobacco (and herbal products for smoking) for retail, which came into force on 20 May 2016.

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