Notification Detail

Draft Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Regulations 2016

Notification Number: 2015/650/IRL (Ireland)
Date received: 20/11/2015
End of Standstill: 22/02/2016 ( 23/05/2016)

Issue of detailed opinion by: Bulgaria,Czech Republic,Greece,Italy,Portugal,Slovakia,Spain
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Communication from the Commission - TRIS/(2015) 03611
Directive (EU) 2015/1535
Notificación - Oznámení - Notifikation - Notifizierung - Teavitamine - Γνωστοποίηση - Notification - Notification - Notifica - Pieteikums - Pranešimas - Bejelentés - Notifika - Kennisgeving - Zawiadomienie - Notificação - Hlásenie-Obvestilo - Ilmoitus - Anmälan - Нотификация : 2015/0650/IRL - Notificare.

No abre el plazo - Nezahajuje odklady - Fristerne indledes ikke - Kein Fristbeginn - Viivituste perioodi ei avata - Καμμία έναρξη προθεσμίας - Does not open the delays - N'ouvre pas de délais - Non fa decorrere la mora - Neietekmē atlikšanu - Atidėjimai nepradedami - Nem nyitja meg a késéseket - Ma’ jiftaħx il-perijodi ta’ dawmien - Geen termijnbegin - Nie otwiera opóźnień - Não inicia o prazo - Neotvorí oneskorenia - Ne uvaja zamud - Määräaika ei ala tästä - Inleder ingen frist - Не се предвижда период на прекъсване - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare.

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1. Structured Information Line
MSG 001 IND 2015 0650 IRL EN 20-11-2015 IRL NOTIF


2. Member State
IRL


3. Department Responsible
NSAI, 1 Swift Square, Northwood, Santry, Dublin 9.
Telephone: +353 1 807 3800, Fax: +353 1 807 3838,
Email: nsai@nsai.ie


3. Originating Department
Department of Health
Hawkins House
Hawkins Street
Dublin 2


4. Notification Number
2015/0650/IRL - X40M


5. Title
Draft Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Regulations 2016


6. Products Concerned
These Draft Regulations are being made under section 3 of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Act 2015 (No. 4 of 2015) and set out the details for the matters to be precribed under that Act in relation to the retail packaging of tobacco products and to the appearance of cigarettes.


7. Notification Under Another Act
- The Department of Health is amending the Public Health ( Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Act 2015 to provide by way of regulations for a number of additional elements relating to the appearance of tobacco packaging in the Health ( Miscellaneous) Provision Bill. These amendments will lessen the requirements of the Act of 2015 for the packaging of tobacco products for retial sale and allow additional elements to be included on tobacco packaging including: text in a prescribed form which states the number of cigarettes in a pack or the weight of roll-your-own tobacco, the placing of a standardised packaging sticker over an original cigar band and allows for the country of origin of the cigar to be on the band.
We intend to have the Bill published before Christmas and enacted as soon as possible. When the Bill is published we will submit a copy for infomaiton.
The draft regulations notified incorporate pprovsions under the regulation- making powers in both the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Act 2015 and the amendments in the Health ( Miscellaneous) Provision Bill.


8. Main Content
The Draft Regulations set out the details of the measures already notified to the Commission in the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Act 2015 (No. 4 of 2015) (Notification 2014/277/IRL) in relation to retail packaging of all tobacco products and the appearance of cigarettes.
Retail Packaging of all tobacco products must be of a prescribed colour (outer and inner surfaces), not have decorative ridges or embellishments, any adhesive used must be non coloured, not bear a mark or trade mark, other than health warnings or barcode. Brand and variant names may appear but only as prescribed. The pack cannot contain any inserted or affixed items other than those required by law. Any wrapper must be transparent, uncoloured with no decorative ridges etc, not bear mark of trade mark other than a tear-strip as prescribed and not have anything affixed to it.
Cigarettes must be covered in white paper, have a white filter tip with a covering than can be white of imitation cork. Brand and variant name may appear on cigarette but only as prescribed. Where there is a lining it shall be of such a prescribed colour and material. The retail packaging of all tobacco products cannot contain any audio effects or scents or any feature designed to alter the packaging after sale by retail.


9. Brief Statement of Grounds
Standardised packaging forms the latest strand of a comprehensive range of tobacco control legislaton already in place in Ireland aimed at decreasing tobacco consumption, including the smoke free workplace legislation and the point of sale display ban. Tobacco Free Ireland, the latest policy document, sets a target for Ireland to be tobacco free by 2025 and addresses a range of tobacco control initiatives, including the intoduction of standardised packaging of tobacco products. The WHO, FCTC guidelines recommend that Member States consider standarised packaging measures. Tobacco packaging is a critically important form of tobacco promotion, particularly in jurisdictions with comprehensive advertising and marketing restrictions, such as Ireland. Research shows that standardised packaging reduces false beliefs about the risks of smoking, increases the efficacy of health warnings, reduces consumer appeal among youth and young adults and may promote smoking cessation among established smokers.


10. Reference Documents - Basic Texts
References of the Basic Texts: Please find links below to:

(i) Healthy Ireland: A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013 - 2025
http://www.dohc.ie/publications/pdf/HealthyIrelandBrochureWA2.pdf?direct=1

(ii) Tobacco Free Ireland
http://www.dohc.ie/publications/pdf/TobaccoFreeIreland.pdf?direct=1


(iii) Revised EU Tobacco Products Directive
http://ec.europa.eu/health/tobacco/docs/dir_201440_en.pdf

(iv) Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Act 2015
http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2015/act/4/enacted/en/html

(v) Standardized Packaging of Tobacco Products (Ireland) (D Hammond)
http://health.gov.ie/blog/publications/standardised-packaging-d-hammond/

(vi) Young people’s perceptions of tobacco packaging: a comparison of EU Tobacco Products Directive & Ireland’s Standardisation of Tobacco Act
http://www.researchgate.net/publication/277716904_Young_people%27s_perceptions_of_tobacco_packaging_A_comparison_of_EU_Tobacco_Products_Directive__Ireland%27s_Standardisation_of_Tobacco_Act

(vii) Plain Tobacco Packaging: A Systematic Review
http://phrc.lshtm.ac.uk/papers/PHRC_006_Final_Report.pdf

(viii) Plain Tobacco Packaging Research An Update
http://www.stir.ac.uk/media/schools/management/documents/Plain%20Packaging%20Studies%20Update.pdf

(ix) Standardised packaging of tobacco - Report of the Independent Review undertaken by Sir Cyril Chantler.
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/health/10035-TSO-2901853-Chantler-Review-ACCESSIBLE.PDF

(x) Australian Evidence:

1 -Wakefield, M. A., Hayes, L., Durkin, S. et al. Introduction effects of the Australian plain packaging policy on adult smokers: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open 2013;3:e003175 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013.

2- Dunlop SM, Dobbins T, Young JM, et al. Impact of Australia’s introduction of tobacco plain packs on adult smokers’ pack-related perceptions and responses: results from a continuous tracking survey. BMJ Open 2014; 4:e005836. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005836.

3- Wakefield M, Coomber K, Zacher M, et al. Australian adult smokers’ responses to plain packaging with larger graphic health warnings 1 year after implementation: results from a national cross-sectional tracking survey. Tob Control 2015; 24:ii17-ii25.

4- Guillaumier A, Bonevski B, Paul C. Tobacco health warning messages on plain cigarette packs and in television campaigns: a qualitative study with Australian socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers. Health Education Research 2015; 30: 57-66.

5- White V, Williams T, Wakefield M. Has the introduction of plain packaging with larger graphic health warnings changed adolescents’ perceptions of cigarette packs and brands? Tob Control 2015; 24: ii42-ii49.

6- Miller CL, Ettridge KA, Wakefield MA. “You’re made to feel like a dirty filthy smoker when you’re not, cigar smoking is another thing all together”. Responses of Australian cigar and cigarillo smokers to plain packaging. Tob Control 2015; 24: ii 58-ii65.

7- White V, Williams T, Faulkner A, et al. Do larger graphic health warnings on standardised cigarette packs increase adolescent’ cognitive processing of consumer health information and beliefs about smoking=related harms? Tob Control 2015; 24: ii50-ii57.

8- Young JM, Stacey I, Dobbins TA, et al. Association between tobacco plain packaging and Quitline calls: a population-based, interrupted time-series analysis, Med J Aust 2014; 200: 29-32.

9- Durkin S, Brennan E, Coomber K, et al. Short-term changes in quitting-related cognitions and behaviours after the implementation of plain packaging with larger health warnings: findings from a national cohort study with Australian adult smokers. Tob Control 2015; 24: ii26-ii32.

10- Brennan E, Durkin S, Coomber K, et al. Are quitting-related cognitions and behaviours predicted by proximal responses to plain packaging with larger health warnings? Findings from a national cohort study with Australian adult smokers. Tob Control 2015; 24: ii33-ii41.

11- Zacher, M, Bayly, M, Brennan, E, et al. Personal tobacco pack display before and after the introduction of plain packaging with larger pictorial health warnings in Australia: an observational study of outdoor cafe strips, Addiction 2014; 109(4):653-62.

12- Wakefield M A, Zacher M, Bayly M, et al. The silent salesman: an observational study of personal tobacco pack display at outdoor café strips in Australia. Tob Control 2014; 23: 339-344.

13- Zacher, M, Bayly, M, Brennan, E, et al. Personal tobacco pack display and active smoking at outdoor café strips: assessing the impact of plain packaging 1 year post implementation. Tob Control 2015; 24:ii94-ii97.

14- Swift E, Borland R, Cummings KC, et al. Australian smokers’ support for plain or standardised packs before and after implementation: findings from the ITC Four Country Survey. Tob Control. 2014 Nov 10. pii: tobaccocontrol-2014-051880. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051880. [Epub ahead of print].

15- Carter O, Welch M, Mills B, et al. Plain packaging for cigarettes improves retail transaction times. BMJ 2013; 346:f1063.

16- Wakefield M, Bayly M, Scollo M. Product retrieval time in small tobacco retail outlets before and after the Australian plain packaging policy: real-world study, Tob Control 2013; 23:70-76.

17- Bayly M, Scollo M, Wakefield M. No lasting effects of plain packaging on cigarette pack retrieval time in small Australian retail outlets. Tob Control 2015;24:e108-e109 doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051683 Doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051683.

18- Scollo M, Zacher M, Durkin S, et al. Early evidence about the predicted unintended consequences of standardised packaging of tobacco products in Australia: a cross-sectional study of the place of purchase, regular brands and use of illicit tobacco. BMJ Open. 2014 Jul 18;4(8):e005873. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005873.

19- Scollo M, Coomber K, Zacher M, et al. Did smokers shift from small mixed business to discount outlets following the introduction of plain packaging in Australia? A national cross-sectional survey. Tob Control 2015; 24: ii98-ii100.

20- Scollo M, Zacher M, Coomber K, et al. Changes in uses of types of tobacco products by pack sizes and price segments, prices paid and consumption following the introduction of plain packaging in Australia. Tob Control; 2015; 24: ii66-ii75.

21- Scollo M, Bayly M, Wakefield M. Did the recommended retail price of tobacco products fall in Australia following the implementation of plain packaging? Tob Control 2015; 24:ii90-ii93.

22- Scollo M, Bayly M, Wakefield M. The advertised price of cigarette packs in retail outlets across Australia before and after the implementation of plain packaging: a repeated measures observational study. Tob Control 2015; 24: ii82-ii89.

23- Scollo M, Bayly M, Wakefield M. Availability of illicit tobacco in small retail outlets before and after the implementation of Australian plain packaging legislation. Tob Control 2015; 24:e45–e51.

24- Scollo M, Bayly M, Wakefield M. Availability of chop-chop in Victorian tobacconists following introduction of plain packaging. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2014; 38(3):293-4.

25- Scollo M, Zacher M, Coomber K, et al. Use of illicit tobacco following introduction of standardised packaging of tobacco products in Australia: results from a national cross-sectional survey. Tob Control 2015; 24: ii76-ii81.


11. Invocation of the Emergency Procedure
No


12. Grounds for the Emergency
-


13. Confidentiality
No


14. Fiscal measures
No


15. Impact assessment
Note: Impact Assessment was provided to Notification 2014/277/IRL.


16. TBT and SPS aspects
TBT aspect

Yes

SPS aspect

No - The draft is not a sanitary or phytosanitary measure



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