Table 1

The plain packaging trajectory for Australia, the UK and India

S. no.Tobacco control efforts, initiatives, evidence, policy decisions and legislationAustraliaUKIndia
1Text warnings on cigarettes197319711975
2Smoke-free laws initiated at some levels198520061996
3Smoking prohibited in public vehicles198220071988
4Tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship is banned19922003
5Graphic health warnings200620082009
6First published research study documenting public perception and support for plain packaging201120112013
7Stronger and larger pictorial health warnings implemented201220162016
8National Preventative Health Taskforce recommends plain packaging2010
India-Australia Taskforce recommends plain packaging2012
Sir Cyril Chantler publishes independent report suggesting positive impact of plain packaging2014
9Plain packaging Bill introduced201120152012, 2014
10Plain packaging legislation implemented20122016