Tobacco plain packaging

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New legislation- key dates
Your roles and responsibilities
All tobacco products must comply
Supply and trading tips
About plain packaging
About the new health warnings
Enforcing the law
More information

New legislation- key dates

Plain packaging and the new and expanded health warnings are part of the Australian Government’s efforts to reduce smoking rates.

From 1 October 2012: From 1 December 2012: Top of page

Your roles and responsibilities

From 1 December 2012, it is your responsibility to ensure all tobacco products you buy, sell, offer for sale or otherwise supply in Australia meet the tobacco plain packaging and new health warning requirements.

It is your responsibility to understand all of the tobacco plain packaging and new health warning requirements so you can meet your obligations under the laws.

You should not rely on your manufacturer or supplier to provide you with tobacco products that comply with the new laws.

All tobacco products must comply

The plain packaging and new health warning requirements will apply to all tobacco products,including but not limited to cigarettes, loose leaf tobacco, cigars, waterpipe tobacco and bidis.

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Supply and trading tips

To effectively manage your stock during the transition to plain packaging and the new health warnings:

About plain packaging

The Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 and the Tobacco Plain Packaging Regulations 2011 set out the detailed plain packaging specifications, including:

About the new health warnings

The new and expanded health warnings required to appear on all tobacco retail packaging are specified in the Competition and Consumer (Tobacco) Information Standard 2011. The Information Standard: Top of page

Enforcing the law

From 1 December 2012, if you buy, sell, offer for sale or otherwise supply tobacco products in Australia that do not comply with the plain packaging or new health warning requirements, significant criminal or civil penalties may apply.

Any enforcement action undertaken for breaches of the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 will be proportionate to the seriousness of the breach.

You should refer to the legislation for more information about offences and penalties.

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.

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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.

This brochure is intended to provide general information on the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011, the Tobacco Plain Packaging Regulations 2011 and the Competition and Consumer (Tobacco) Information Standard 2011. It should not be used as a substitute for legal or other expert advice. All information in this publication is correct as at July 2012.

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