Canberra says cigars next target

Cigars are a target in the Australian Government's plain-packaging campaign. Photo / Thinkstock
Cigars are a target in the Australian Government's plain-packaging campaign. Photo / Thinkstock

Cigars, cigarillos and loose and chewing tobacco are the next targets in the Australian 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 now 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 tobacco products are sold in would be in the same colour with no company branding or logos. They would still have dominant and graphic health warnings.

Roxon said the Government wanted the approach to plain packaging to be the same across all tobacco products. "Whether you are talking about cigarettes, cigars or pipe tobacco, all are addictive and all are harmful."

As many of these products are manufactured overseas, the Government's proposals would allow them to be imported without the plain packaging.

- AAP