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Last updated: September 17th 2019

Disclosure Requirements

Disclosure by manufacturers and importers of cigarettes to government authorities of information on the contents and/or ingredients used in the manufacture of their cigarettes

Not Required
Analysis

In 2000, the Department of Health negotiated a voluntary agreement for the disclosure of the ingredients of cigarettes with the three tobacco companies, Philip Morris Limited, British American Tobacco Australia Limited, and Imperial Tobacco Australia Limited. Because this agreement is voluntary, and there are no mandatory disclosure requirements, the regulatory status code "Not Required" is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 10 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines, the law should require disclosure by manufacturers and importers to government authorities of information on the contents and/or ingredients used in the manufacture of their cigarettes.

Disclosure by manufacturers and importers of cigarettes to government authorities of information on the emissions of their cigarettes

Not Required
Analysis

Disclosure of information on the emissions of tobacco products is not required. In 2001, three tobacco manufacturers, Philip Morris Limited, British American Tobacco Australia, and Imperial Tobacco Australia Ltd, agreed to undertake cigarette emissions testing of selected Australian cigarette brand variants on a one-off basis and to supply the results to the Department of Health.

To align with FCTC Art. 10 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines, the law should require disclosure by manufacturers and importers to government authorities of information on the emissions of their cigarettes.

Disclosed information readily available to the public

Not Required
Analysis

Information on the contents and emissions of cigarettes voluntary disclosed by tobacco companies is posted online unmodified at: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-pubhlth-strateg-drugs-tobacco-ingredients.htm. However, because the law does not require disclosure and that disclosed information be made public, the regulatory status code "Not Required" is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 10 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines, the law should require that disclosed information be made readily available to the public.