Timeline, international developments & major news stories
Australia – Timeline of events, produced with The University of Sydney and McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer— see PLAIN TOBACCO PACKAGING IN AUSTRALIA: A time-line of legislative and legal developments
International developments in plain packaging
Ireland – Plain packaging legislation was enacted on 10 March 2015. Ireland is now awaiting enactment of regulations. On 5 October 2016, the Minister for Health announced that plain packaging legislation would come into effect in May 2017.
See Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014, available from: http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=26331&&CatID=59
United Kingdom – Plain packaging regulations were approved on 16 March 2015, and came into force on 20 May 2016.
See The Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations 2015, available from: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2015/9780111129876/pdfs/ukdsi_9780111129876_en.pdf
See also section 94 of the Children and Families Act 2014, available from: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/6/pdfs/ukpga_20140006_en.pdf
The new legislation applies to England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.
New Zealand – A Bill was introduced on 17 December 2013. The Bill was approved by the New Zealand Health Committee on 5 August 2014, and was passed by Parliament on 8 September 2016. Draft regulations were published on 31 May 2016, but are yet to be finalized. Public consultation regarding the draft regulations closed on 29 July 2016.
The New Zealand Health Committee report is available from: http://www.parliament.nz/resource/en-nz/50DBSCH_SCR57000_1/3b7b2a74d0e52515fe202f3cdfaac3c15fd156d4
The Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Standardised Packaging) Amendment Act 2016 is available from: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2013/0186/latest/versions.aspx
The draft regulations are available from: http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/standardised-tobacco-products-and-packaging-draft-regulations
France - Plain packaging legislation was adopted on 17 December 2015, and came into force on 20 May 2016.
The legislation is available from: http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/14/ta/ta0650.asp
Norway - Government plain packaging consultation began 17 March 2015, and ended on 9 June 2015. On 5 May 2015, Norway provided a notification for draft amendments for plain packaging. New legislation was introduced into Parliament on 10 June 2016, but is yet to be enacted.
The notification is available from: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/tris/en/search/?trisaction=search.detail&year=2015&num=9009
Hungary - On 25 June 2015, the Minister Overseeing the Office of the Prime Minister stated Hungary was planning to implement plain packaging. On 21 September 2015, Hungary provided notification of a draft Decree that included plain packaging.
The notification is available from: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/tris/en/index.cfm/search/?trisaction=search.detail&year=2015&num=529&mLang=EN
Slovenia – On 16 March 2016, Slovenia provided notification for draft plain packaging legislation.
The notification is available from: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/tris/en/search/?trisaction=search.detail&year=2016&num=135
Singapore – On 29 December 2015, Singapore launched a public consultation on plain packaging, which ended on 29 March 2016.
The Singapore Health Promotion Board announcement of the consultation is available from: http://www.hpb.gov.sg/HOPPortal/content/conn/HOPUCM/path/Contribution%20Folders/uploadedFiles/HPB_Online/News_and_Events/News/2015/PublicConsult.pdf
Canada – The new Government elected on 19 October 2015 committed to implementing plain packaging in its electoral platform. On 13 November 2015, the Prime Minister’s mandate letter to the Minister of Health included plain packaging as a top priority. On 1 June 2016, the Canadian Department of Health launched a consultation on plain packaging. The deadline for the consultation was 31 August 2016.
A copy of the mandate letter is available from: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/minister-health-mandate-letter
A copy of the consultation document is available from: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/health-system-systeme-sante/consultations/tobacco-packages-emballages-produits-tabac/document-eng.php
European Union – The new Tobacco Products Directive was adopted on 3 April 2014. It explicitly states that 28 EU countries have the option of implementing plain packaging laws.
A copy of the Directive is available from: http://ec.europa.eu/health/tobacco/docs/dir_201440_en.pdf
Acknowledgement: Thank you to the Canadian Cancer Society for their assistance with updating the above information.