Australia's top court rejects arguments from Big Tobacco that new cigarette-packaging laws are...


Australia's top court rejects arguments from Big Tobacco that new cigarette-packaging laws are unconstitutional in a ruling that is being watched globally. Barring external intervention, such as via the WTO, BAT (BTI), Philip Morris (PM) and co. will soon have to cover most of their packaging with graphic anti-smoking images, and will be banned from using logos, branding, colors and promotional text.

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  • marilyn61
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    Nicotine is such an addictive drug that sadly they could be packaged in fertilizer and smokers would still clean them off and smoke them if this was their only choice. Smokers know the danger they are taking with their health every time they light up but they all defend their right to smoke vigorously. The saddest part is that the younger generation still continue to take up smoking and as the tobacco industry knows - once they are hooked they could well have them for life. Surely there must be a way to deter young people in the first place - knowledge doesn't seem to work, so I don't know what the answer is.
    15 Aug 2012, 03:55 AM Reply Like
  • Tony Petroski
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    Ban the product or don't ban it, but this nitpicking regulatory worldwide apparat (anybody want to bet on when the meeting of global regulators will gather in Rio) bleeds over into other products. How long will it be until McDonalds is required to festoon their containers with pictures of fat people because Ms. Obama doesn't like her subjects eating egg Mcmuffins?

     

    And in a plea for clarity, can we start a movement to end the use of "Big" before all the Big Bad Wolves of industry? Reuters reported that "Small Tobacco was on board with this regulation."
    15 Aug 2012, 08:43 AM Reply Like
  • Fileman
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    I guess eating your Big Mac with a big fat lady lying in a hospital bed on the wrapper is next. When it starts it will not just be cigarettes that are attacked.
    15 Aug 2012, 08:58 AM Reply Like
  • CGYCGYCGY
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    I WONDER IF TOBACCO COMPANIES SAY THEY ARE CLOSING, JUST HOW QUICK GOVERNMENTS BEG THEM TO STAY OPEN, SO THEY CAN CONTINUE GETTING THE TAXES FROM TOBACCO.
    16 Aug 2012, 12:26 AM Reply Like
  • terlack
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    I think that if all the tobacco companies can agree to pick a country and refuse to sell in that appointed country, they would make their point. Of course it would take 100% effort from all the companies. The huge drop in that country's tax revenue plus the pissed off smokers would send a clear message not only to that country but to all the other countries in the world. All the programs that are supported by the outrages taxes and regulations would go broke and only then they would realize they were "killing the goose that was laying the golden egg"
    I am not long in any tobacco company but I think Government should butt out and let people make their own decisions and live their lives as they see fit
    17 Aug 2012, 01:45 AM Reply Like
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