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Cigarette plain packaging laws come into force in Australia

Author: Guardian [UK], Published on: 1 December 2012

Australia's world-first laws on cigarette and tobacco plain packaging have come into force, replacing brand logos and colours with generic drab olive green coverings, gruesome pictures of diseased body parts…It is the world's most strict regime for the packaging of tobacco. Australia's federal government says the aim is to deter young people from smoking by stripping the habit of glamour…other countries are considering similar steps. The tobacco industry lobbied hard against the laws. Tobacco firms said they would boost black market trade, leading to cheaper, more accessible cigarettes…The industry has gone as far as paying for Ukraine, Honduras and the Dominican Republic to challenge the new rules – the countries are claiming at the World Trade Organisation that trade is being unfairly restricted, despite none of the countries having significant trade with Australia. [refers to British American Tobacco, Philip Morris, Japan Tobacco, Zico Import Pty]

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Related companies: British American Tobacco Philip Morris International