These tables provide a comparison of the key features in plain packaging legislation from different countries. It is intended to provide examples but is not fully comprehensive for all features in each piece of legislation. The laws for some countries impose extremely detailed requirements, and it is recommended that officials refer to the specific legislation for these.

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Australia
Controlling Regulation
Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011(TPPA)

Tobacco Plain Packaging Regulations 2011 (TPPR)
Pack ColorExterior: Pantone 448C, matte finish. TPPR 2.2.1(2) Interior: white. TPPR 2.2.1(3)Exterior: Pantone 448C, matte finish. TPPR 2.2.1(2) Interior: white. TPPR 2.2.1(3)
Text ColorPantone Cool Gray 2C, matte finish. TPPR 2.4.2(2)
Permitted textBrand name, variant name. TPPA 20(1-3) and 21(1) Producers’ name and address, fire-risk statement, locally made product statement, origin mark. TPPR 2.3.1(1)
Other text requirementsAll text: Lucida Sans, normal weighted regular font. Various Brand name: point 14. TPPR 2.4.2(2)(b) All other text: point 10. Various
Shape and type of packets for cigarettes
Rectangular, with 90 degree angles and specified dimensions for each surface. TPPA18(2)(b) and TPPR 2.1.1(1)
Type of opening for cigarettesFlip-top lid only. TPPA 18(3)(b) and TPPR 2.1.1(3)
Minimum Content
Cigarettes: 20. Sale of Tobacco Act 2004 A 12 Roll-your-own: NA.
Material for cigarette packsRigid cardboard TPPA 18(2)(a)
LiningsCigarettes: Silver foil with white paper backing, regular embossed dots permitted. TPPA 18(3)(d) and TPPR 2.2.1(4)
TextureNo embellishments permitted inside or out. TPPA 18(1)(a)
WrappersMust be clear and transparent. Tear strip permitted. Single bar code permitted. TPPA 22 and TPPR 2.3.1 and 2.3.5
Sound and smellCharacteristic noises or scents prohibited. TPPA 25
Features designed to change after saleProhibited. TPPA 24
Inserts, onserts and stickersProhibited. TPPA 23
BarcodesOne permitted. Must be black and white and not form a picture. TPPR 2.3.1(1)(d) and 2.3.5
The appearance of individual productsCigarettes: White casing with white or imitation cork tip. Standardised small alphanumeric code permitted. TPPR 3.1.1 and 3.1.2 Cigars: standardised band permitted around the circumference of cigar. TPPR 3.2.1(1)and(2)
UK
Controlling RegulationStandardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations 2015 (SPTPR)
Pack ColorExterior: Pantone 448C, matte finish. SPTPR 2(2) Interior: white or Pantone 448C. SPTPR 3(3)
Text ColorPantone Cool Gray 2C, matte finish. SPTPR sch1 ¶1(2) and Sch3 ¶1(2)
Permitted textBrand name, variant name. SPTPR sch1 ¶1 and Sch3 ¶1 Producers’ name and address, fire risk statement, locally made product statement, origin mark. SPTPR sch1 ¶3 and Sch3 ¶3
Other text requirementsAll text: Helvetica, normal weighted regular font. SPTPR – sch1 and sch3 various Brand name: point 14. SPTPR sch1 ¶1(2)(j) and sch3 ¶1(2)(j) All other text: point 10. SPTPR sch1 and sch3 various
Shape and type of packets for cigarettes
Cuboid (rounded or bevelled edges permitted). SPTPR 4(3)
Type of opening for cigarettesIf the opening may be reclosed, then only flip-top lid and shoulder box. SPTPR 4(4-6)
Minimum Content
Cigarettes: 20. SPTPR 4(8) Roll-your-own: 30g. SPTPR 8(4)
Material for cigarette packsCarton or soft material SPTPR 4(2)
LiningsCigarettes: Silver foil with white paper backing, regular embossed dots permitted. SPTPR sch2 ¶3(1)
TextureMust be smooth and flat, and must contain no ridges, embossing or other irregularities of shape or texture. SPTPR sch2 ¶1(1)
WrappersMust be clear and transparent. Tear strip permitted. Single bar code permitted. SPTPR sch2 ¶4 and sch4 ¶4
Sound and smellCharacteristic sound and smell prohibited. SPTPR 11
Features designed to change after saleProhibited. SPTPR 12
Inserts, onserts and stickersProhibited (except for cigarette papers and filters in packs of roll-your-own). SPTPR sch2 ¶2 and sch4 ¶2
BarcodesOne permitted. Must be black and white or Pantone 448C and white. Must not be on front and must not form a picture. SPTPR sch1 ¶4 and sch3 ¶5
The appearance of individual productsCigarettes: White casing with white or imitation cork tip. Brand/variant name permitted next to tip in standard typeface. SPTPR 5(2)-(5)
France
Controlling Regulation
Ministerial Decree on Neutrality of Packaging of cigarettes and rolling tobacco of 21 March 2016 (MDNP)

Public Health Code (PHC)
Pack Color Exterior: Pantone 448C. MDNP–1.a Interior: white or Pantone 448C. MDNP - 3§1
Text Color Pantone Cool Gray 2C, matte finish. MDNP - 2§2d
Permitted text Brand name, variant name. MDNP - 2§1 Producers’ name and address, fire risk statement, locally made product statement, origin mark. MDNP - 2§3
Other text requirements All text: Helvetica, normal weighted regular font. Brand name: point 14. All other text: point 10. MDNP - 2§2 and 2§3
Shape and type of packets for cigarettes
Cuboid. MDNP – 7§1
Type of opening for cigarettes If the opening may be reclosed, then only flip-top lid and shoulder box. PHC R. 3512-23
Minimum Content
Cigarettes: 20. Roll-your-own: 30g. PHC L. 3512-14
Material for cigarette packs Carton or flexible material PHC R. 3512-22.I
Linings Cigarettes: Silver foil with white paper backing, regular embossed dots permitted. MDNP 3§2&3
Texture Must be smooth and flat. PHC R. 3512-22.III
Wrappers Must be clear and transparent. Tear strip permitted. Single bar code permitted. PHC R. 3512-19 and MDNP 5§1
Sound and smell Characteristic sound and smell prohibited. PHC R. 3512-20.I
Features designed to change after sale Prohibited. PHC R. 3512-20.I
Inserts, onserts and stickers Prohibited (except for cigarette papers and filters in packs of roll-your-own). PHC R 3511-18.II and R. 3511-20.II
Barcodes One permitted. Must be black and white or Pantone 448C and white. Must not be on front and must not form a picture. PHC R 3511-17 and MDNP 1.b
The appearance of individual products Cigarettes: White casing with white or imitation cork tip. Brand/variant name permitted next to tip in standard typeface. MDNP 4§1-3
Ireland
Controlling Regulation Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Act 2015 (PHA)

Public Health(Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Regulations 2016 (PHR)
Pack Color Exterior: Pantone 448C, matte finish. PHR –6 Interior: white or Pantone 448C .PHR – 6
Text Color Pantone Cool Gray 2C, matte finish. PHR 7(f)
Permitted text Brand name, variant name. PHA – 7(3) Contact Details of Manufacturer. PHR - 13
Other text requirements All text: Helvetica, normal weighted regular typeface. PHR 7(d)-(e) First letter capitalized and the rest in lower case PHR 7(b) Brand name: point 14. PHR 7(j) Variant name and manufacturer contact details: point 10. PHR 7(k)
Shape and type of packets for cigarettes
Cuboid (rounded or bevelled edges permitted). PHA – 7(6)
Type of opening for cigarettes If the opening may be reclosed, then only flip-top lid and shoulder box. PHA – 7(6)
Minimum Content
Cigarettes: 20. Public Health (Tobacco) Act, 2002– Sec 38(1) Roll-your-own: 30g. European Union (Manufacture, Presentation and Sale of tobacco and Related Products) Regulations 2016 Reg 13(1)
Material for cigarette packs Carton or soft material PHA – 7(6)
Linings Cigarettes: Silver foil with white paper backing.
Other products: white or the colour of the packaging material in its natural state.
Embossed dots or squares permitted PHR - 16
Texture No decorative ridges, embossing or other embellishments. PHA – 7(1)(d)
Wrappers Must be transparent and uncolored. Black tear strip permitted. PHA – 7(8)
Sound and smell Audio effects or scents that promote the product are prohibited. PHA 14(a)
Features designed to change after sale Prohibited. PHA 14(b)
Inserts, onserts and stickers Prohibited. PHA – 7(1)(f)
Barcodes One permitted. Must be black and white and not form a picture. PHR - 14
The appearance of individual products Cigarettes: White casing with white or imitation cork tip. Brand and variant name permitted next to tip in standard typeface. PHA – 8(1)-2
Hungary
Controlling Regulation Decree No. 239/2016 (D239) (English)
Pack Color Exterior: Pantone 448M, matte finish. Interior: white. D239 – 6B§3(a)
Text Color Pantone Cool Gray 1M, matte finish. D239 – 6B§4(a)
Permitted text Brand Name and type of cigarette or cigarette tobacco brand. D239 – 6B§3(f)
Other text requirements All text: Helvetica, normal weighted regular typeface. First letter capitalized and the rest in lower case Brand name: point 14. Variant name and manufacturer contact details: point 10. D239 – 6C§4
Shape and type of packets for cigarettes
Cuboid. D239 – 6§4
Type of opening for cigarettes If the opening may be reclosed, then only flip-top lid and shoulder box. D239 – 6§4
Minimum Content
Cigarettes: not less than 20 but no more than 25. D239 – 15A§ (a) Roll-your-own: no less than 30g but no more than 50g and the weight must be divisible by 10 with no remainder. D239 – 15A§ (c)
Material for cigarette packs Carton or soft material D239 - 6§4
Linings Cigarettes: white or matte silver color. No decorative grooving, embossing or other decorative elements, except roughening used for non-decorative purposes. D239 –6B7§7
Texture No decorative grooving, embossing or other decorative elements. D239 -6B7§7
Wrappers Must be un-tinted and transparent. Tear strip permitted. D239 – 6A§8
Sound and smell Scents that modify the smell of tobacco products are prohibited. 4A§2
Features designed to change after sale Likely prohibited. Packs may not contain any elements other than those specified in the Act. 6C§1(c)
Inserts, onserts and stickers Not permitted. D239 – 6B§3(d)
Barcodes One permitted. D239 – 6B§11
The appearance of individual products Cigarettes: White casing with white or imitation cork tip. Brand and variant name permitted next to tip in standard typeface. 6C§(1) –(2)