See just how much British smoking laws have changed since the 1950s as new regulations come into effect

From the 1950s until now there have been some big changes in the way smoking is regulated.


New smoking laws that state cigarettes must be sold in standardised green packaging with graphic warnings have come into full effect – the latest change in the UK’s regulation of smoking, which started the 1950s.

Here’s a look at just how significantly the laws have developed.

The regulations became law this time last year but companies have had 12 months to sell old stock and fully implement the changes under the directive, which was adopted in 2014 but was held up by a series of court cases testing its legality.

All packs must contain a minimum of 20 cigarettes to make sure the packs are big enough for health warnings to cover 65% of the front and back, under the new rules, with the brand name restricted to a standard size, font and colour.

The world’s “ugliest colour”, opaque couché, will case all cigarettes and tobacco – which will also have to contain a minimum of 30g.

The new rules also include a ban on menthol cigarettes from 2020.



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