Plain packaging gets UK green light as court dismisses legal challenge

The High Court of England and Wales has rejected a challenge to legislation which introduces plain packaging for tobacco products. The move came two weeks after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the new EU Directive on Tobacco Products is valid, meaning that the extensive standardisation of packaging, the future EU-wide prohibition on menthol cigarettes and upcoming special rules for electronic cigarettes are all lawful.

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