20 May 2017

20 May 2017

TMA Briefing on 20 May 2017

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On the 20th May the following changes happen in the UK tobacco market:

  • Bans on small tobacco packs (less than 20 cigarettes, 30g of hand rolling).
  • Bans on branded packs (ie full introduction of plain packaging)
  • New EU wide pictorial health warnings on tobacco packs
  • Various restrictions on e-cigarettes including restrictions on tank sizes and bans on TV, radio and print advertising
  • Prohibits a number of characterising flavourings

These measures stem from an European piece of legislation called the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) – the UK adopted this into law last year. The UK tobacco industry believes that these measures will have detrimental impact on the UK, costing jobs, impacting on small businesses, losing the taxpayer money, restricting consumer choice, in the case of small packs forcing people to smoke more not less and on the e-cigarette restrictions deterring people from switching from tobacco.

For further information on the 20 May 2017 changes click here

A TMA briefing on the 20 May 2017 changes is available to view here