Critchlow N & Mitchell D (2018) Plain packaging for tobacco: what other countries can learn from the UK's experience. The Conversation. 18.12.2018.
First paragraph: Bans on tobacco advertising, promotion, sponsorship and open display in shops in the UK encouraged tobacco companies to make "the pack the hero". So they opposed plain packaging and claimed there was no evidence it would reduce smoking. They also attempted to thwart the policy through lobbying and third-party interference, and unsubstantiated claims about the effect on price, businesses and illicit trade.
Following a review of the potential public health benefits, the government introduced a policy that made plain packaging mandatory for cigarettes and rolling tobacco sold in the UK. The policy was first introduced in May 2016 and, after a transition period, became compulsory in May 2017. But research has shown that tobacco companies appeared to delay introducing plain packs, continued to explore ways to promote products and did not follow through with their predictions that prices would decline.
Plain packaging; smoking; cigarettes; big tobacco;