France made the decision to require pictorial health warnings on all cigarette packs in April 2010. Packages were required to display the pictorial warnings by April 2011. Packages are required to bear two warnings: a text-only warning covering at least 30% of the front, and a warning accompanied by an image covering at least 40% of the back.
In September 2014, the French Minister of Health proposed the introduction of plain packaging. Plain packaging legislation was adopted December 17, 2015, and came into force at the manufacturer level on May 20, 2016. Retailers were given until January 1, 2017 to transition to plain packages.
Legislation and Regulations
France’s Legislation Library
Health Warning Reports, Publications & Presentations
France’s Health Warning Document Library
Plain Packaging Reports, Publications & Presentations
France’s Plain Packaging Document Library
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