On December 1st 2011, Tobacco plain packaging became law in Australia. Plain packaging is a part of a comprehensive range of tobacco control measures utilised to decrease the harms of smoking in Australia.
Philip Morris Asia challenged the tobacco plain packaging legislation under the 1993 Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of Hong Kong for the Promotion and Protection of Investments (Hong Kong Agreement).
In December 2015, Australia won the international battle with Phillip Morris over plain packaging.
The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) has described the decision as a massive win.
“The tobacco industry’s desperate legal efforts have failed yet again,” said PHAA tobacco spokesperson Professor Mike Daube and previous President of ACOSH. “They are the big losers, but the thousands who will not die from smoking are the winners.”
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Tasmanian Shop Quits Selling Tobacco Products and Backs Youth Ban
A local Tasmanian shopkeeper recently stopped selling tobacco products after a customer died of lung cancer. She is know urging the State Government to push ahead with a ban on selling cigarettes to young people.
“I had never liked selling cigarettes, but when a customer died of lung cancer five years ago it was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” said Mrs Ireland, owner of the Bowman and Co general store at Whitemark.
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