Tobacco plain packaging

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Purpose of the booklet

This booklet can be used as a guide to help you identify some of the key plain packaging requirements.

The illustrations in this booklet are a visual guide of what plain packaging and the new health warnings may look like for different tobacco products and packaging formats.

This booklet also contains a list of key points for suppliers, which may assist you to identify whether tobacco products you buy, sell, offer for sale or otherwise supply meet the plain packaging requirements.

From 1 December 2012, all tobacco products sold, offered for sale or otherwise supplied in Australia must be in plain packaging and be labelled with the new and expanded health warnings.

This booklet has been provided by the Australian Government as a guide only.

Contents

Cigarette
Cigar
Cigarette Pack
Cigarette Carton
Loose Leaf Tobacco Pouch
Cigar Tube
Cigar Box
Small Cigar Tin
Loose Leaf Tobacco Tin
Key Points for Retailers and Other Suppliers of Tobacco Products
More Information
Copyright notice
Disclaimer

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Cigarette



Image of Cigarette showing Filter Tip, Paper over Filter Tip, Alphanumeric Code, Paper casing
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Cigar



Image of Cigar showing Cigar band, Brand and Variant name, Country of manufacture and Alphanumeric Code

Note:
If a plain packaged cigar band covers a non-compliant band or bands:
  • it must completely cover the non-compliant band(s), and
  • it must be fastened firmly to, and not easily removable from, the non-compliant band(s)

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Cigarette pack – front



Image of Cigarette pack - front,top and side showing plain packaging requirements
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Cigarette pack – back



Image of Cigarette pack - back, bottom and side showing plain packaging requirements
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Cigarette carton – front



Image of Cigarette carton - front, top and side showing plain packaging requirements
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Cigarette carton – back


Image of Cigarette carton - back, bottom and side showing plain packaging requirements
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Loose leaf tobacco pouch – front



Image of Loose leaf tobacco pouch - front, top and side showing plain packaging requirements
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Loose leaf tobacco pouch – back


Image of Loose leaf tobacco pouch - back, bottom and side showing plain packaging requirements
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Cigar tube – front



Image of Cigar tube - front and top showing plain packaging requirements
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Cigar tube – back


Image of Cigar tube - back and end showing plain packaging requirements
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Cigar box – front


Image of Cigar box - front, top and side showing plain packaging requirements
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Cigar box – back


Image of Cigar box - back, bottom and side showing plain packaging requirements
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Small cigar tin – front


Image of Small Cigar tin - front, top and side showing plain packaging requirements
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Small cigar tin – back


Image of Small Cigar tin - back, bottom and side showing plain packaging requirements
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Loose leaf tobacco tin – front


Image of Loose leaf Tobacco tin - front, top and side showing plain packaging requirements
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Loose leaf tobacco tin – back


Image of Loose leaf tobacco tin - back, bottom and side showing plain packaging requirements
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Key points for retailers and other suppliers of tobacco products

Physical requirements
Colour requirements
Marking requirements
Plastic wrapper requirements
Cigarette packs only – additional requirements
Cigarette cartons only – additional requirements
Non-cigarette tobacco product packaging only – additional requirements
Cigar tube only– additional requirements
Cigarette
Cigar

All retail packaging

Physical requirements:

Colour requirements:

Marking requirements:


Plastic wrapper requirements:

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Cigarette packs only – additional requirements


Additional physical requirements:

Additional colour requirements:

Inserts and onserts:


Cigarette cartons only – additional requirements


Additional physical requirements:

Additional colour requirements:

Inserts and onserts:

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Non-cigarette tobacco product packaging only – additional requirements


Inserts and onserts:


Cigar tube only– additional requirements


Additional physical requirements:


Cigarette


Colour requirements:

Marking requirements:


Cigar


Cigar band colour requirements:

Cigar band marking requirements:

Cigar band physical requirements:


Note : This is a guide only. It does not list all of the plain packaging requirements, and it does not list any of the new health warning requirements.

For the complete plain packaging and new health warning requirements, you must refer to the legislation.
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More information

You should seek your own independent advice if you are unsure of your obligations under the plain packaging or new health warnings legislation, or are having difficulty understanding the requirements.

Copyright notice

The content in this publication is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the Commonwealth.

Disclaimer

This booklet does not illustrate or itemise all of the plain packaging and new health warning requirements. The requirements not itemised or displayed in this booklet are not any less important or significant than those that are displayed or itemised.

All manufacturers, packagers and suppliers of tobacco products should ensure they understand all of the requirements in the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011, the Tobacco Plain Packaging Regulations 2011 and the Competition and Consumer (Tobacco) Information Standard 2011.

Nothing in this booklet should be taken in any way to replace the provisions of the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011, the Tobacco Plain Packaging Regulations 2011 or the Competition and Consumer (Tobacco) Information Standard 2011.
For the complete plain packaging and new health warning requirements, refer to the legislation.

Links are below:

Tobacco plain packaging:

Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011
Tobacco Plain Packaging Regulations 2011

New tobacco health warnings:

Competition and Consumer (Tobacco) Information Standard 2011

D0832 July 2012
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This document is to be used as a guide only and should not be relied upon as a source of legal advice. It is not a complete summary of the plain packaging and new health warning requirements. You should obtain your own professional and legal advice in relation to implementation of the plain packaging and health warning requirements. All information in this publication is correct as at July 2012.

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