29 May '11, 7am

Australia takes on tobacco giants over packaging

Australia takes on tobacco giants over packaging

Australia faces a smoking hot battle against big tobacco companies over a plan to remove their last bastion of advertising - the cigarette pack. -- PHOTO: AFP CANBERRA - AUSTRALIA faces a smoking hot battle against big tobacco companies over a plan to remove their last bastion of advertising - the cigarette pack. The government wants to replace the distinctive colours of various brands with a uniformly drab, olive green packet for all under legislation to be introduced to Parliament in July. Brand names would appear on the front in print dwarfed by health warnings and often gruesome, full-colour images of the consequences of smoking, such as mouth cancer and gangrenous toes. The government expects the so-called plain packaging law to make smoking less attractive to young Australians and further reduce the proportion of smokers within the population from the current 17 per ...

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