News

Tobacco companies responsible for non-compliant stock: Roxon

A packet of cigarettes showing the new plain package and health warnings.
A packet of cigarettes showing the new plain package and health warnings. Kevin Farmer

HEALTH Minister Tanya Plibersek has promised to "throw the book" at any tobacco companies intentionally breaching the new plain packaging rules, which come into effect on Saturday.

The new laws mean every packet of cigarettes of other tobacco product sold in Australia will be packaged in an unattractive brown wrapping, covered in government health warnings.

But Ms Plibersek said it was likely some old packets may still be sold mistakenly at small retailers, and tobacco companies would be forced to pull such product off the shelves.

Tobacco company Philip Morris has refused to take back non-compliant stock, sparking Ms Plibersek to threaten the company that she would throw the book at it if it did not comply.

"We've had some difficulties with companies like Philip Morris who have refused to take back non-compliant stock," she said.

"We've, of course, written to Philip Morris and insisted that they should take back non-compliant stock because we don't want small shopkeepers, mum and dad shopkeepers, to be the ones who suffer here.

"We believe that the tobacco companies are responsible for taking back non-compliant stock and they should do that."

Under the new laws, the big tobacco companies could be up for fines worth more than $1 million - a fine which Ms Plibersek said the government was willing to exercise if the companies did not comply.

She said the High Court case the companies lost in their bid to battle the plain packaging laws was the "last gasp of a dying industry", and the psychological effects the packets had on some smokers meant they did not taste the same to some people.

Topics:  cigarettes, nicola roxon, plain packaging




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Gympie gets behind anti-violence march

Gympie gets behind the Refocus walk against domestic violence today.

200 marchers get behind a walk against domestic violence in Gympie

Goomeri Pumpkin Festival program for Sunday

Fun at last year’s Goomeri Pumpkin Festival during the great pumpkin roll.

Goomeri Pumpkin Festival Program on Sunday

10 Jobs you can get in Gympie right now

Jobs board graphic.

Are you looking for work as an outdoor ed teacher, plumber, nurse or assistant...

Latest deals and offers

Tommy Daunt

Tom Daunt sports desk for 27th May.

Chinese trade delegation

Chinese trade delegation visits Gympie region and meets with local producers at the...

DV support march

Darcy Cavanaugh speaks about the Refocus domestic violence support walk on May 27...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked