The Ministry of Health and Care Services hereby submits for consultation a proposal to introduce mandatory standardised packaging of tobacco products in accordance with Act No. 14 of 9 March 1973 relating to Prevention of the Harmful Effects of Tobacco (the Tobacco Control Act). We also propose certain other amendments and specifications to the Tobacco Control Act and Regulations No. 141 of 6 February 2003 on the contents and labelling of tobacco products, as well as Regulations No. 989 of 15 December on the prohibition of advertising of tobacco products etc., in part to implement certain aspects of the new EU Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU) related to the design of tobacco packaging and related products.