Red tape is a significant burden across the business sector and on small
businesses in particular. As such, it should be reduced as far as possible.
It is recognised that there are inconsistencies in compliance
requirements applicable to the display and sale of tobacco products between
jurisdictions. Any changes to these regulatory measures need to be made in
such a way so as not to compromise public health outcomes.
Appropriate tobacco control measures, including advertising restrictions
and plain packaging and labelling, have been key contributors to positive
public health outcomes.
While inconsistencies may exist in terms of how tobacco products are
treated and regulated across jurisdictions, this is an issue that warrants a
separate and more thorough investigation taking into account related health,
social and economic considerations.
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