The Federal Court found that each of Joystick, Social-Lites and Elusion contravened the ACL by making representations that their products did not contain harmful carcinogens and toxins, when this was not the case.
The Assistant Treasurer today announced that the Commonwealth intends to make minor amendments to the Competition and Consumer (Tobacco) Information Standard 2011 to remove the obligation on retailers to rotate the health warnings on tobacco products.
The mandatory information standard for the display of graphic health warnings on tobacco products commences on Sunday 1 January 2012 and takes full effect on 1 December 2012. The standard covers all retail tobacco products sold in Australia, that are made for human consumption, be it smoking, sucking, chewing or snuffing.
The ACCC has released the second round consultation paper and is seeking comments on the proposed mandatory Tobacco Labelling (Graphic Health Warnings) Standard by 8 November 2011. It is intended to be in place by 1 January 2012, with full compliance required by 1 July 2012.