Beginning Aug. 14, 2023, tobacco products sold in Oman will be required to be sold in plain packaging. Following similar moves in Australia and Ireland, Oman’s Ministry of Health will require tobacco products to use packaging that has standardized colors and fonts, while 65 percent of the packaging will include a public health message.

For cigars, this means that visual identifiers that separate one cigar from another such as the designs on bands and boxes will be completely gone. Instead, every cigar will have the same simple band with text printed to identify which cigar it is.

Walid Saleh, ceo of Phoenicia T.A.A. Cyprus Ltd.—which distributes Cuban cigars in Oman—told halfwheel that plain packaging would be required for cigars beginning Aug. 14.

Brooks Whittington contributed to this story.

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