Tobacco manufacturers are preparing to start introducing new cigarette packaging from December as an EU directive comes into affect. Gallaher trade communications manager Jeremy Blackburn said Gallaher has already started leafleting retailers to warn them new packs with larger health warnings are in pipeline, in line with the EU directive concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products. Manufacturers, distributors and retailers have until September 30 2003 to sell through old style packs. The deadline for hand rolling and pipe tobacco and cigars is September 30 2004. {{NEWS }}