Turkey Requires Plain Packaging for Tobacco

After January 5, 2020, all tobacco products must carry 14 new health warnings.

December 06, 2019

ANKARA, Turkey—Turkey joins other countries in banning branded tobacco packaging, Reuters reports. The Turkish Agriculture and Foreign Ministry enacted the ban starting Dec. 5 but will allow for sales of branded tobacco packaging until January 5, 2020.

The amendment requires that tobacco products be sold in plain and standardized packaging with 14 new health warnings and a smoking cessation hotline number. The front of the packaging will have a short description of its contents, while 50% of the left and right sides of the packaging will trumpet the warnings, according to the Daily Sabah. The brand will only be allowed on one side of a cigarette pack across no more than 5% of the side. Logos or symbols of brands are banned completely.

The move comes as Turkey strives to curb youth smoking and stall tobacco and cigarette sales. The plain packaging change is part of a huge undertaking the government began in 2009 to lower the number of smokers in Turkey.

Turkey joins the Australia, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and other countries that only allow for the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products in plain packaging.