Britain's laws on 10-packs, menthol cigarettes, vaping and rolling tobacco are changing this year
From May 21 it will be illegal to sell cigarettes in branded packs after top judges refused to let global giants appeal.
Technically the law came in last year, but there was a grace period so branded cigarettes wouldn't have to be thrown away, plus the court fight.
It can all get a bit confusing. So, what exactly has been happening to Britain's tobacco laws and when does it all take effect?
Here is your full guide.
No more branded packs
All cigarette packs must now be what the government calls a "drab dark brown", dubbed the "world's ugliest colour" - with no logos, promotional images or indications of the cigarette's flavour.
They cannot have "non-standard noises or smells" and must be 65% covered by health warnings, including graphic pictures such as tar-stained lungs.
The law was prompted by an EU directive and took force on 20 May 2016 for manufacturers and importers.
But there was a grace period for sellers and suppliers to get rid of old stock, reports Mirror Online.
Even if they have some left, it will be illegal for shops to sell old-style branded cigarette packs from 21 May 2017.
No more packs of 10
The same rules say all packs must have a "minimum of 20 cigarettes".
The thinking behind this is it'll be more expensive to get hold of a pack in future, with the cheapest costing nearly £9.
That hit to the wallet might put off youngsters who want to give smoking a try.
This also takes full force on 21 May 2017.
And boy, did Big Tobacco try to stop it
Giants including Imperial and British American Tobacco fought a mammoth court case to try and stop plain packaging.
They complained the government would have a "disproportionate control" over their lucrative trade marks without "compensating" them.
The Court of Appeal dismissed all 17 of their points in November after a week-long case involving 30 expert witnesses.
But the giants appealed to the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land.
Last night it was confirmed the Supreme Court has refused to hear that appeal, clearing the last hurdle to the rules.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was "delighted".
No more menthols
ALL flavoured cigarettes including menthols will be banned from sale in the UK from 20 May 2020.
That includes both pre-produced cigarettes and rolling tobacco.
Shops will also be banned from selling tobacco with any flavoured papers, filters, packages or capsules that let you give the smoke a flavour.
Experts say this is needed because menthols' lighter taste obscures how dangerous they are.
Amanda Sandford of the charity ASH - Action on Smoking and Heath - told the Liverpool Echo: "It is an absolute myth that menthol cigarettes are better for you. All cigarettes are harmful and menthol cigarettes are just as dangerous as normal cigarettes.?
No more small pouches of rolling tobacco
Rolling tobacco can no longer be sold in any pouch smaller than 30 grams.
Just like the minimum pack size of 20 cigarettes, this is to discourage teenagers from buying small amounts then getting addicted.
This law came into force last year but had a grace period, so packs smaller than 30g are banned from sale from 21 May 2017.
And offenders can be jailed for 2 years
Anyone breaching any of the laws above can be jailed for up to two years in the most serious cases.
New restrictions on vaping
Vaping is not being banned.
But a maze of new rules on e-cigarettes was brought in last year. They include:
- New red tape for manufacturers and suppliers
- Refill containers must be limited to 10ml
- Disposable cartridges limited to 2ml
- Vitamins, colourings and additives like caffeine and taurine banned
- E-cigarettes must be 'child-resistant' in design
- Health warnings must cover 30% of each pack surface
- Packs cannot describe e-cig's "taste or smell" (they can describe flavouring though)
Once again there was a grace period, so it will be illegal for shops to sell products that don't comply from 20 May 2017.
Plus... don't smoke around your kid in the car
It has been illegal to smoke in a vehicle where there is anyone under 18 present since October 2015.
Both the driver and the smoker, if they are two different people, can be fined £50.
The law applies throughout England and Wales, including to 17-year-olds with a provisional driving licence.
It does not apply to vaping, 17-year-olds on their own or convertibles with the roof fully down.