Global Overview

Global overview on standardized tobacco packaging implementation

As of 5 July 2019, more than 30 countries and territories are moving forward with standardized packaging, with 16 countries having adopted the measure following Australia’s lead (in 2012) and at least 15 other countries in varying stages of introducing standardized packaging laws.  In the ASEAN region, Thailand and Singapore are the first two countries that have legislated standardized packaging. Thailand’s standardized packaging law has been in force since 10 September 2019, while Singapore’s will begin on 1 July 2020.

Standardized Packaging in ASEAN



Summary of implementation dates at manufacturers and retailers level

  Country Manufacturer Level  Retail Level
1 Australia Oct. 1, 2012 Dec. 1, 2012
 2  France May 20, 2016 Jan. 1, 2017
3 United Kingdom May 20, 2016 May 20, 2017
4 Norway July 1, 2017 July 1, 2018
5 Ireland Sept. 30, 2017 Sept. 30, 2018
7 Turkey July 5, 2019 Jan. 5, 2020
8 Saudi Arabia Aug. 23, 2019 Jan. 1, 2020
9 Thailand Sept. 10, 2019 Dec. 8, 2019
10 Canada Nov. 9, 2019 Feb. 7, 2020
11 Uruguay Dec. 21, 2019 Dec. 21, 2019
12 Slovenia Jan. 1, 2020 Jan. 1, 2020
13 Belgium Jan 1, 2020 Jan. 1, 2021
14 Israel Jan 8, 2020 Jan. 8, 2020
15 Singapore July 1, 2020 July 1, 2020
16 Hungary* Jan. 1, 2022 Jan. 1, 2022

*In Hungary, plain packaging required for new brands from Aug. 20, 2016.
Source: Canadian Cancer Society. Plain Packaging – International Overview, July 5, 2019.

 

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