Graphic health warnings on tobacco products have been updated and expanded in the Competition and Consumer (Tobacco) Information Standard 2011 (the Standard) which commenced on 1 January 2012.
Tobacco products are required to display the new warnings by 1 December 2012 at the same time plain packaging is fully introduced.
Between 1 January 2012 and 30 November 2012 tobacco products may display the new health warnings in the Standard or the existing health warnings under the Trade Practices (Consumer Product Information Standards) (Tobacco) Regulations 2004 (the Regulations). Under the Regulations most tobacco product packaging manufactured in, or imported into, Australia has been required to be printed with graphic health warnings since 1 March 2006.
The new graphic health warnings have been informed by the 2008 evaluation of the effectiveness of Australia’s graphic health warnings and consumer research on graphic health warnings and plain packaging.
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