Australia opts for plain cigarette packaging

In a major defeat for the tobacco industry, Australia is set to become the first country in the world to remove all symbols and images from cigarette packages.

15th August, 2012
Cigarettes: set for plain packaging

A world-first law requiring tobacco companies to sell cigarettes in uniform packaging has been upheld by Australia's top court, a ruling that may set a precedent for other countries to follow.

As of December 1, cigarettes in the country will have to be sold in dark brown packets, with no symbols or images and the same font for all brands.

The High Court dismissed claims by Philip Morris International, Imperial Tobacco Group, British American Tobacco and...

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