Department of Health Confirms Dates for New Restrictions on Tobacco Products

The Department of Health have responded to a consultation on the revised Tobacco Products Directive, confirming the dates for the introduction of stricter controls on tobacco packaging, pack sizes and electronic cigarettes.

The following regulations will come into force in May 2016, and retailers will not be able to sell product that does not comply with these new  stipulations from May 2017:

  • A minimum pack size of 20 cigarettes
  • A minimum weight of 30g for roll-your-own tobacco
  • The size of health warnings (text and photograph) to cover 65% of the front and back of pack (previously 30% on front and 40% on back of pack)

A ban on cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco containing characterising flavours such as menthol is also being introduced from May 2020.

In November 2016, there will also be new regulations coming into force for e-cigarettes which require the products to carry a health warning. The sell through period for retailers with existing stock will be a period of six months to May 2017.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “The introduction of these regulations alongside the implementation of the plain packaging rules marks a significant change for retailers that will be disruptive to their businesses. Government must focus its attention on tackling the harmful illicit trade in tobacco through stricter border checks and better enforcement in local areas. We are concerned that the introduction of the Tobacco Products Directive regulations alongside plain packaging will fuel the illicit trade, and urge the Government to publish further details of plans to introduce a ‘track and trace’ system for legitimate tobacco products.”

For more details about the Tobacco Products Directive, please contact Julie Byers on 01252 515001.

This entry was posted by Leah on Fri, 08/01/2016 - 14:12
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