Legislation for the standardised packaging of tobacco is to come into force in the Republic of Ireland in September 2017, a key development in the implementation of Tobacco Free Ireland. This follows the signing of the commencement order today by Minister Corcoran Kennedy for the standardised packaging provisions of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Act 2015.
All tobacco products manufactured for sale in Ireland from 30th September 2017 must be in standardised retail packaging. There will be a wash through period allowed, meaning any products manufactured and placed on the market before the September date will be permitted to stay on the market for a 12 month period. Standardised packaging means that all forms of branding – trademarks, logos, colours and graphics – are to be removed from tobacco packs; brand and variant names would be presented in a uniform typeface for all brands and the packs would all be in one plain neutral colour. Ireland joins Australia, the UK and France in having legislation signed on standardised packaging.,