THE federal government is seeking feedback on its plans for plain packaging of products other than cigarettes, including cigars and loose-leaf tobacco.
Labor is proposing to amend its tobacco plain-packaging regulations when parliament resumes in February to include additional specifications for non-cigarette items.
“We must challenge perceptions that cigars are in any way more glamorous, or a less harmful alternative, to cigarettes,” Health Minister Tanya Plibersek said.
“Cigars are at least as harmful as cigarettes when smoked at the same intensity and dosage, and there is no reason they should be treated differently in the plain-packaging regime.”
Laws on plain packaging passed parliament in November, and the first round of public consultation for non-cigarette products ended in October and the latest round is to wind up by January 20.