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Institute for Global Tobacco Control. (2020) Advancing tobacco plain and standardized packaging in low- and middle-income countries: advice from experts. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Tobacco packs can be colorful, attractive, and come in exciting shapes and sizes. Plain and standardized packaging removes the potential for companies to use these attractive elements by only allowing the tobacco pack to be presented in one color, shape, and size that is designed to be minimally attractive. This policy stipulates that packs may contain no brand imagery, and also that the brand name be written in a specific font, color, and size. Australia was the first country to introduce plain and standardized packaging for cigarettes in 2011, with the law taking effect in 2012. As of January 2020, France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Norway, Ireland, and Saudi Arabia have fully implemented plain and standardized packaging laws at the retail level. Thailand, Uruguay, Slovenia, Turkey, Israel, Canada, Singapore, Belgium, and Hungary have all passed or adopted plain and standardized packaging laws and are awaiting full implementation. Many additional countries are either debating or considering similar policies.


Item Type
Report
Publication Type
International, Open Access, Report
Drug Type
Tobacco / Nicotine
Intervention Type
Prevention, Harm reduction
Date
2020
Pages
20 p.
Publisher
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Corporate Creators
Institute for Global Tobacco Control
Place of Publication
Baltimore, MD
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