Australian cigarette ingredient disclosure

Ingredient data for Australian cigarettes is provided annually.

Page last updated: 16 March 2010

Voluntary agreement for the disclosure of the ingredients of cigarettes
Australian cigarette ingredient information
Research

Voluntary agreement for the disclosure of the ingredients of cigarettes

The Department of Health and Ageing 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. The voluntary agreement was signed by the tobacco companies and the former Minister for Health and Aged Care, Dr Michael Wooldridge, in 2000.

The voluntary agreement was originally for a period of three years from December 2000. Three variations have been made to the initial agreement, all extending the period of the agreement. The first two variations each extended the period of the agreement for a further 12 months, continuing the agreement until December 2005. The third variation, in 2006, provided for the provisions of the voluntary agreement to continue in force indefinitely.

Australian cigarette ingredient information

Under the agreement the companies provide annual reports to the government regarding the ingredients of cigarettes. The data are posted unmodified on the department's website, with current data replacing previous reports:

Australian cigarette ingredient information

Research

In 2008, qualitative research was commissioned into the public health value of the current system of voluntary disclosure in Australia:

Public health value of disclosed cigarette ingredients and emissions data


Page last reviewed: 18 April 2011