21 Nov '11, 6am

Philip Morris sues Australia over cigarette law

SYDNEY: Global tobacco giant Philip Morris is suing the Australian government after parliament passed a new law requiring all cigarettes to be sold in plain packages, it said Monday. "We are left with no option," Philip Morris Asia (PMA) spokesperson Anne Edwards said in a statement received by AFP. "The government has passed this legislation despite being unable to demonstrate that it will be effective at reducing smoking and has ignored the widespread concerns raised in Australia and internationally regarding the serious legal issues associated with plain packaging." Under the ground-breaking law, all tobacco products sold in Australia must be in plain packaging from December 1, 2012. The law demands all cigarettes be sold in drab olive-brown packets with large, graphic health warnings. The government hailed the passage of the law Monday as "one of the most momentous pub...

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