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Cigarette plain-packaging plan is spreading to other tobacco products


The proposed design for plain packaging of cigarettes released by Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon. Source:Supplied

CIGARS, cigarillos and loose and chewing tobacco are the next targets of the Federal Government’s plain-packaging campaign.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon yesterday released a consultation paper explaining how plain-packaging rules for tobacco products other than cigarettes would work.

Legislation requiring plain, olive green tobacco packaging is before Parliament.

This new consultation will help the Government develop regulations on how that legislation, once law, would apply to products other than cigarettes.

The consultation paper proposes that the packaging in which tobacco products are sold would be in the same colour, with no company branding or logos.

They would still have dominant and graphic health warnings.

Submissions on the proposals are open until October 28.

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