Health warnings - cigar packs

Page last updated: 03 December 2007

Note: The following health warnings were required under the Trade Practices (Consumer Product Information Standards) (Tobacco) Regulations 2004. These will no longer be permitted from 1 December 2012. From 1 December 2012 only health warnings under the Competition and Consumer (Tobacco) Information Standard 2011 are permitted.

Graphic health warnings for cigar packs.

Representational cigar packaging showing required health warnings on front and back of pack:

Cigar smoke is toxic

Front of pack

Image showing front side of cigarette pack with message "cigar smoke is toxic" written on it
Image shows a health warning in the bottom 25% of the front of the pack, with space for the brand name above. The health warning has the following components:
  • Photo of a beaker containing a liquid labelled as toxic, with superimposed Quitline number 131 848
  • Health authority warning "Cigar smoke is toxic".

Back of pack

Image showing back side of cigarette pack with message "cigar smoke is toxic" written on it
Image shows a health warning on 30% of the back of the pack, with space for branding above this. The health warning has the following components:
  • Health authority warning: Cigar smoke is toxic
  • Text: Cigar smoke contains high concentrations of toxins and irritants. Taking in this toxic mix can damage the body's cells, resulting in many diseases including cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease. You can quit smoking. Call Quitline 131 848, talk to your doctor or pharmacist, or visit Quitnow website Top of page

Cigars are not a safe alternative to cigarettes

Front of pack

Image showing front side of pack with message "cigars are not a safe alternative to cigarettes" written on it
Image shows a health warning in the bottom 25% of the front of the pack, with space for the brand name above. The health warning has the following components:
  • Photo of tongue cancer, with superimposed Quitline number 131 848
  • Health authority warning "Cigars are not a safe alternative to cigarettes".

Back of pack

Image showing back side of pack with message "cigars are not a safe alternative to cigarettes" written on it
Image shows a health warning on 30% of the back of the pack, with space for branding above this. The health warning has the following components:
  • Health authority warning: Cigars are not a safe alternative to cigarettes
  • Text: Cigar smoking, particularly if you inhale, increases your risk of mouth and throat cancer, heart disease and lung cancer. You CAN quit smoking. Call Quitline 131 848, talk to your doctor or pharmacist, or visit Quitnow website Top of page

Cigar smoking causes mouth and throat cancer

Front of pack

Image showing front side of pack with message "cigar smoking causes mouth and throat cancer" written on it
Image shows a health warning in the bottom 25% of the front of the pack, with space for the brand name above. The health warning has the following components:
  • Photo of mouth cancer, with superimposed Quitline number 131 848
  • Health authority warning "Cigar smoking causes mouth and throat cancer".

Back of pack

Image showing back side of pack with message "cigar smoking causes mouth and throat cancer" written on it
Image shows a health warning on 30% of the back of the pack, with space for branding above this. The health warning has the following components:
  • Health authority warning: Cigar smoking causes mouth and throat cancer
  • Text: Cigar smoking increases your risk of developing cancer of the lip, mouth, throat and voicebox. You CAN quit smoking. Call Quitline 131 848, talk to your doctor or pharmacist, or visit Quitnow website Top of page

Cigar smoking causes lung cancer

Front of pack

Image showing the front side of pack with message "cigar smoking causes lung cancer" written on it
Image shows a health warning in the bottom 25% of the front of the pack, with space for the brand name above. The health warning has the following components:
  • Photo of lung cancer, with superimposed Quitline number 131 848
  • Health authority warning "Cigar smoking causes lung cancer".

Back of pack

Image showing back side of pack with message "cigar smoking causes lung cancer" written on it
Image shows a health warning on 30% of the back of the pack, with space for branding above this. The health warning has the following components:
  • Health authority warning: Cigar smoking causes lung cancer
  • Text: Cigar smoking increases your risk of lung cancer, even if you do not inhale. Your lung cancer risk increases greatly if you inhale the smoke. You CAN quit smoking. Call Quitline 131 848, talk to your doctor or pharmacist, or visit Quitnow website Top of page

Don't let children breathe your smoke

Front of pack

Image showing front side of pack with message "don't let children breathe your smoke" written on it
Image shows a health warning in the bottom 25% of the front of the pack, with space for the brand name above. The health warning has the following components:
  • Photo of a young girl on a ventilator, with superimposed Quitline number 131 848
  • Health authority warning "Don't let children breathe your smoke".

Back of pack

Image showing back side of pack with message "don't let children breathe your smoke" written on it
Image shows a health warning on 30% of the back of the pack, with space for branding above this. The health warning has the following components:
  • Health authority warning: Don't let children breathe your smoke
  • Text: Children exposed to passive smoking experience more serious illnesses such as pneumonia, middle ear infections and asthma attacks. Babies exposed to passive smoking are at greater risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). You can quit smoking. Call Quitline 131 848, talk to your doctor or pharmacist, or visit Quitnow website Top of page
For copyright permission to use any of these images, please email drugstrategy@health.gov.au.

Page last reviewed: 03 September 2012


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