Latest News and Updates
  • France - latest figures on smoking rates show an unprecedented decrease in prevalence  of 8.5% (from 29.4% in 2016 to 26.9% in 2017). Plain packaging came into force in this period as part of a series of strengthening regulatory and preventative measures. See the Baromètre santé results here (in French).
  • New Zealand  - full implementation came into force on June 6, 2018. See a complete list of international developments here.  
  • Canada has passed the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act and published its draft regulations for tobacco plain packaging. This will include plain packaging for heated tobacco products and the heating devices such as Philip Morris' IQOS device. 

Plain or Standardized packaging of tobacco products is a common sense policy that removes the promotional and advertising features of tobacco packs and works alongside graphic health warnings and other tobacco advertising bans. The tobacco industry aggressively opposes plain packaging in every country that considers it. This toolkit is designed to assist governments, civil society and researchers and is set out in 3 parts: - 

1. An introduction to plain packaging and the key issues             2. A series of step-by-step policy guides, and             3. Detailed tools and resources. 

The guides and some of the resources are available to download in other languages - Français - Español - Pусский. 

1. An Introduction to All Aspects of Tobacco Plain Packaging

2. A Series of Short Step-By-Step Guides to Policy Development for Government Health Officials

3. A Comprehensive Suite of Detailed Information, Tools and Resources to Assist Lawyers, Policy Officials or Civil Society Organizations


The Global Legal Center provides expert technical assistance and resources to tobacco control lawyers and advocates.