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Tobacco Products Regulations (Plain and Standardized Appearance) (SOR/2019-107)

Regulations are current to 2020-03-05 and last amended on 2019-11-09. Previous Versions

PART 1Tobacco Product Packaging (continued)

Specific Requirements — Cigar Packages (continued)

Marginal note:Lining

 Any lining that is placed in a primary package that contains cigars must

  • (a) have a smooth texture, without any raised features, embossing, decorative ridges, bulges or other irregularities, unless such features are necessary to hold the cigar in place or to remove it from the lining; and

  • (b) meet the requirements of paragraphs 23(a) to (c).

Specific Requirements — Packages that Contain Devices or Parts Used with Devices

Marginal note:Interpretation — primary package

 Despite these Regulations, a package is considered to be a primary package if it is intended for retail sale in Canada and a device that is necessary for the use of a tobacco product and that is covered by an overwrap is directly placed in it or a part that may be used with such a device and that is covered by an overwrap is directly placed in it.

Marginal note:Primary package shape

 Every primary package that contains a device that is necessary for the use of a tobacco product, or a part that may be used with such a device, must have a rectangular cuboid shape when it is closed, having six surfaces that meet at right angles and edges that are rigid and straight, without any rounding or bevelling.

Marginal note:Overwrap

  •  (1) Any overwrap that covers a device that is necessary for the use of a tobacco product, or a part that may be used with such a device, must mould to the device or part and meet the requirements of paragraphs 24(b) to (d).

  • Marginal note:Overwrap — more than one device

    (2) If an overwrap covers more than one device that is necessary for the use of a tobacco product or more than one part that may be used with such a device, the information and features referred to in section 25 may be displayed on the overwrap.

Marginal note:Lining

 Any lining that is placed in a primary package that contains a device that is necessary for the use of a tobacco product, or a part that may be used with such a device, must

  • (a) be made of plastic or rigid cardboard;

  • (b) have a smooth texture, without any raised features, embossing, decorative ridges, bulges or other irregularities, unless such features are necessary to hold the device or part in place or to remove it from the lining; and

  • (c) meet the requirements of paragraphs 23(a) to (c).

Marginal note:Instructions

 The exterior surfaces of a primary package and of a secondary package that contains a device that is necessary for the use of a tobacco product, or a part that may be used with such a device, may display instructions for the safe handling or storage of the device or part if the instructions

  • (a) do not contain any promotion, image or design;

  • (b) are printed in characters of 10 points;

  • (c) are displayed, in both English and French, only once on the primary package and once on the secondary package;

  • (d) are displayed only on the exterior surface of any side of the package; and

  • (e) are oriented parallel to and in the same direction as any other information that is displayed on the same exterior surface of the package.

Specific Requirements — Packages that Contain Tobacco Products Intended for Use with Devices

Marginal note:Primary package shape

 Every primary package that contains a tobacco product that is made in whole or in part of tobacco and intended for use with a device that is necessary for the use of that product must have a rectangular cuboid shape when it is closed, having six surfaces that meet at right angles and edges that are rigid and straight, without any rounding or bevelling.

Marginal note:Lining

 Any lining that is placed in a primary package that contains a tobacco product that is made in whole or in part of tobacco and intended for use with a device that is necessary for the use of that product must

  • (a) have a smooth texture, without any raised features, embossing, decorative ridges, bulges or other irregularities, unless such features are necessary to hold the product in place or to remove it from the lining; and

  • (b) meet the requirements of paragraphs 23(a) to (c).

Specific Requirements — Packages that Do Not Contain Tobacco Products

Marginal note:Plain and standardized appearance

  •  (1) If a manufacturer of a tobacco product furnishes a package so that a tobacco product may be directly placed in it after the product’s retail sale in Canada, the package must meet the requirements of these Regulations that apply to a primary package that contains the tobacco product, other than the requirements of subsection 14(3) and sections 23 and 32 to 37.

  • Marginal note:Bag

    (2) Despite subsection (1), if a manufacturer of a tobacco product furnishes a bag so that a tobacco product, primary package or secondary package may be placed in it after the tobacco product, primary package or secondary package is sold at retail in Canada, the bag must meet the requirements of

    • (a) section 9;

    • (b) subsections 10(1) and (2);

    • (c) sections 11 and 12;

    • (d) subsection 13(1);

    • (e) subsection 14(1);

    • (f) section 15;

    • (g) subsection16(1) and paragraph 16(2)(a);

    • (h) sections 17 to 19;

    • (i) sections 20 and 21;

    • (j) subsections 22(1) to (4) and (7);

    • (k) sections 27 and 28;

    • (l) subsection 29(4);

    • (m) section 30; and

    • (n) subsection 31(2).

PART 2Appearance and Dimensions of Tobacco Products

General Requirements

Marginal note:Appearance

 Subject to section 62, every tobacco product that is made of tobacco that is rolled in paper or in a wrapper composed of reconstituted tobacco must have a smooth texture, without any raised features, embossing, decorative ridges, bulges or other irregularities.

Marginal note:Filter

 A filter may have holes or recesses that are not visible.

Marginal note:Alphanumeric code

  •  (1) A tobacco product may display an alphanumeric code if the code

    • (a) is printed only once on the tobacco product, in characters of no more than 8 points;

    • (b) meets the requirements of subsection 15(1) and paragraph 15(2)(a); and

    • (c) in the case of cigarettes, little cigars, cigars and tobacco products that are made in whole or in part of tobacco, rolled in paper and intended for use with a device, is oriented parallel to and displayed no more than 38 mm from the end of the product that is not designed to be lit or heated.

  • Marginal note:Exception — cigars

    (2) Despite paragraph (1)(a), instead of being printed on a cigar, the alphanumeric code may be printed on a cigar band that meets the requirements of subsection 71(4) if the code is displayed only once on the band and is printed in characters of no more than 10 points.

  • Marginal note:Information

    (3) The alphanumeric code must not convey any information relating to characteristics of the tobacco product or its emissions.

  • Marginal note:Brand element

    (4) The alphanumeric code must not evoke the tobacco product’s brand elements.

Marginal note:Means of electronic communication

  •  (1) A tobacco product must not include any feature that is designed to permit access remotely to any promotion by a means of electronic communication.

  • Marginal note:Other types of information

    (2) The tobacco product may include a feature that is designed to permit access remotely to other types of information by a means of electronic communication if the feature becomes visible only through technological means or meets the requirements imposed by or under the Act, any other Act of Parliament or any Act of the legislature of a province.

Specific Requirements — Cigarettes

Marginal note:Size of cigarettes

 Cigarettes must have a diameter of no less than 7.65 mm and no more than 8.0 mm and must be

  • (a) no less than 70.0 mm and no more than 73.0 mm in length, in the case of regular size cigarettes; and

  • (b) no less than 82.0 mm and no more than 85.0 mm in length, in the case of king size cigarettes.

Marginal note:Requirements

 A cigarette must meet the following requirements:

  • (a) the part of its filter, if any, that is visible under normal conditions of use must be white;

  • (b) the paper that it is made of must be white and have a matte finish; and

  • (c) its tipping paper must have a matte finish and be white or imitate a cork pattern.

 
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