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TOBACCO PLAIN PACKAGING ACT 2011 - SECT 18

Physical features of retail packaging

Retail packaging of all tobacco products

             (1)  The retail packaging of tobacco products must comply with the following requirements:

                     (a)  the outer surfaces and inner surfaces of the packaging must not have any decorative ridges, embossing, bulges or other irregularities of shape or texture, or any other embellishments, other than as permitted by the regulations;

                     (b)  any glues or other adhesives used in manufacturing the packaging must be transparent and not coloured.

Cigarette packs and cigarette cartons

             (2)  A cigarette pack or cigarette carton must comply with the following requirements:

                     (a)  the pack or carton must be rigid and made of cardboard, and only cardboard (subject to paragraphs (1)(b) and (3)(d));

                     (b)  when the pack or carton is closed:

                              (i)  each outer surface of the pack or carton must be rectangular; and

                             (ii)  the surfaces of the pack or carton must meet at firm 90 degree angles;

                     (c)  all edges of the pack or carton must be rigid, straight and not rounded, bevelled or otherwise shaped or embellished in any way, other than as permitted by the regulations.

             (3)  A cigarette pack must comply with the following requirements:

                     (a)  the dimensions of the pack must comply with the requirements prescribed by the regulations;

                     (b)  the only opening to the pack must be a flip-top lid which must:

                              (i)  be hinged only at the back of the pack; and

                             (ii)  have straight edges;

                            and neither the lid, nor the edges of the lid, may be rounded, bevelled or otherwise shaped or embellished in any way ;

                     (c)  the inside lip of the cigarette pack must have straight edges, other than corners which may be rounded, and neither the lip, nor the edges of the lip, may be bevelled or otherwise shaped or embellished in any way;

                     (d)  if the pack contains lining--the lining of the pack must be made only of foil backed with paper, or any other material prescribed by the regulations.



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