Australia stubs out tobacco packaging.
Australia's cigarette 'plain packaging' law banning brand labels on cigarette
packaging had been passed
by the Australian Senate, their last key hurdle before coming into effect.
Australia is the first country
to introduce this kind of laws. "It will give our country the best
chance of having the lowest smoking
rates and, of course, that will mean many lives are saved and many families that don't go through the grief
and pain of seeing someone die because of a tobacco-related illness," Ms Roxon said.
BBC News November 10, 2011
Australia is the first country to prohibit brand colours and logos from
Australia intends to reduce the cost of medical of two trillion yen per
The Government says the new packaging laws will reduce the number of smokers.
Tobacco package at present and after December 2012
If you smoke, it means that you breaths in and captures 4,000 kinds of
toxic substances into your body.
TV commercial sponsored by Australian Government
(L) The former minister of Health and Aging, Ms Roxon said we want the
concept of 'smoking is stylish' to be of the past.
(R) A tobacco package should not be attractive to the young people, and
the health warning on smoking should be distinct.
This young lady said 'it provides a chance to stop smoking.' The other
man said 'no problem at all. It's a just mere box.'
A tobacco manufacturer battles Australia on cigarette packaging.
CEO of the major cigarette company said that the government's plans would
infringe international trademark and intellectual property laws.
A tobacco retailer one after another closes a shop because of restriction
of display of tobacco.
It is a matter of time before a collapse.
Plain cigarette packaging
It is also known as a generic, homogenous package, refers to the style
that requires the removal
of all branding (colours, imagery, corporate logos and trademarks), permitting
to print only the brand name in a mandated size, font and place on the pack, in addition to the health
warnings and any other legally mandated information such as toxic constituents
and tax-paid stamps.
Australia's high court upheld the plain packaging act.
NHK, Japan put on the air Australia's ABC-News of that ' Australia's high
court upheld the plain packaging act' .
Attorney General Nicola Roxon said, "Big tobacco will be thunderstruck
by the ruling, said Matthew Rimmer,
an intellectual property and trademark law expert at Australia National
University, because it potentially dents the appeal
of some best-established cigarette brands.
Jonathan Liberman, director of the McCabe Center for Law and Cancer, said
the ruling was likely to give a boost
to other countries looking for taking similar steps.
Tobacco companies, including Imperial Tobacco, Philip Morris Limited and
British-American Tobacco, had challenged the act
as unconstitutional, saying the government was unfairly taking its intellectual
British-American Tobacco said only organized-crime gangs will gain from
an illegal market.
Australia's high court upheld the plain-packaging act, which says that
tobacco products must be
in plain packaging without logos and bear graphic health warnings as of
The government immediately hailed the ruling, calling it a "watershed
moment for tobacco control
around the world. Australia is the first nation in the world to require
'plain packaging' for tobacco.
Only the brand and variant name will differ against a drab, dark-color
Source: CNN, August 15, 2012
Tobacco plain packaging will be enforced in Australia after cigarette manufacturers
lost a high court challenge
Photograph source: Reuters
Australia's highest court has endorsed cigarette plain-packaging laws that
will force tobacco companies
to remove branding from their products. Tobacco companies, British-American
Imperial Tobacco, Philip Morris and Japan Tobacco, challenged the laws
in Australia's high court,
claiming the rules were unconstitutional, because they effectively extinguished
the companies' intellectual
Source:Guardian. UK, August 15, 2012
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Source: The Department of Health, Australian Government, June 29, 2016
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