UK cigarette packet branding ban passes final legislative hurdle

March 16, 2015 7:06 PM

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UK cigarette packet branding ban passes final legislative hurdle

LONDON (Reuters) - Plans to ban branding on cigarette packaging in England passed their final legislative hurdle on Monday after lawmakers in Britain's upper house of parliament approved them, meaning firms will be forced to adopt plain, standardized packets.

The move, which had been expected after lawmakers in the lower chamber of parliament backed the measure last week, means the ban will now come into effect in May 2016.

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