International tobacco companies dominate Poland’s cigarette market, holding almost 99 percent of the market share. In 2008, Philip Morris International held 38 percent of market share, followed by British American Tobacco (33 percent), Imperial Tobacco Group (23 percent) and Japan Tobacco (5 percent). In Poland, more than 63 million cigarettes were sold in 2008. Poland is a growing source of illicit cigarettes for other European Union countries.
Poland ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on September 15, 2006.
Smoke-free environments: Poland bans smoking in workplaces and public places, however the law allows for designated smoking rooms.
Advertising, promotion and sponsorship: Tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship is banned with few exceptions.
Warning labels: Warning labels are text-only and cover 30 percent of the front and 40 percent of the back of the package. Misleading descriptors such as “light” and “mild” are banned.
Tobacco taxes: Poland is obligated to meet tobacco taxation standards set by the European Union. Poland should continue to use increases in tobacco taxation and price to decrease tobacco consumption.