Standardised Packaging

ACS tobacco guideACS has produced comprehensive new guidance for retailers on the recent changes to tobacco retailing in force as part of the revised EU Tobacco Products Directive and Standardised Packaging legislation.

From 20th May 2016, manufacturers are only able to produce tobacco in standardised packaging and in a minimum pack size of 20, with restrictions also being put in place for roll your own tobacco. Retailers have a sell-through period of one year to May 2017 in which to ensure that all of their stock is compliant with the new regulations.

The guidance sets out the action that retailers need to take at every stage of the introduction of the regulations and includes details of changes to the law on the sale of tobacco packs, roll-your-own tobacco, e-cigarettes, flavoured tobacco and ‘track and trace’ security features on tobacco products.

The guidance also draws on the experience of retailers in Australia, where standardised tobacco packaging has been in place since December 2012.

The guide can be downloaded here

ACS has also produced posters for retailers to display in-store to help communicate the changes to tobacco legislation to customers. These posters have been Assured by our Primary Authority partners at Surrey County Council.

Please click here for a poster to display after 20th May 2017.

Supporting materials for this advice guide are available for ACS members. For more information about these materials, please email Julie Byers at julie.byers@acs.org.uk