WTO to rule on Australia’s tobacco plain packaging laws

The World Trade Organisation has reportedly rejected a case against Australia’s plain packaging laws.


By Lucy Marrett

The ABC has reported on a rumour that the Australian Government has won a dispute regarding international tobacco plain packaging.

The rumoured ruling in Australia’s favour is set to give the green light to other countries to roll out similar laws.

A British American Tobacco (BAT) spokesperson said the news regarding the ruling was “speculation”.

“However, we can say that there is still no proof to show that plain packaging is meeting the objectives set out by the government,” he said.

Cancer Council Victoria said it welcomed recent findings by an independent study released in April which they said found that plain packaged tobacco products “may” reduce the prevalence of smoking.


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This story first appeared on C&I Week.

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