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The World Trade Organisation has thrown out the final legal challenge to Australia’s tobacco plain packaging laws. Now countries across the world can implement this game-changing public health policy.
Then Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and Health Minister Tanya Plibersek after the High Court rejected the legal challenge by tobacco companies to plain packaging laws, August 15, 2012.
Australia comprehensively defeated the tobacco giant, but is left with a multi million dollar bill.
Tobacco companies stalled introducing plain packs, explored loopholes in the law and didn’t follow through with suggested price cuts.
An Ottawa high school student looks at plain cigarette packaging examples on World No Tobacco Day in May 2016. Tobacco companies are railing against Ottawa’s plans for plain cigarette packaging in Canada.
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The Canadian government is currently drafting regulations on plain packaging for cigarettes. Tobacco companies are trying to weaken the regulations via lobbying and misleading PR campaigns.
South Africa was a leader in tobacco control but has not updated its policies adequately.
South Africa’s proposed new tobacco laws will tighten the grip on how cigarettes and other tobacco products are sold, marketed and regulated in the country.
The UK is the latest country where tobacco companies cannot market their brands on their packets.
Neuroscience shows the brain’s reward centres are activated by certain packaging.
No wonder we’re addicted to junk food. Neuroscience shows food packaging affects our enjoyment of these foods, and plays on the same brain processes as hard drug addiction.
Former Attorney-General Nicola Roxon backed Australia’s plain tobacco packaging legislation at the time of its 2012 challenge in the High Court. The latest World Trade Organisation dispute is the third major challenge on legal or trade grounds.
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People’s sense of self is partly determined by the groups to which they belong: “I’m a smoker”.
Cigarette brands present images of slender, stylish women and strong, independent men. Plain packaging breaks this positive brand identity for some smokers.
South Africa’s proposed tax on sugary drinks will help improve public health despite the overwrought opposition from the industry.
The decision to tax sugary drinks in South Africa faces furious industry opposition, but global experience shows industry cannot be trusted to put public health before profits.
Tobacco companies are adapting to Australia’s plain packaging laws by lowering prices and changing their marketing strategies.
Big tobacco companies have found a way around plain packaging with clever marketing techniques that undermine Australian regulations.
Hidden links between tobacco companies and tobacco control opponents may be hindering plain packaging legislation around the world.
Big Tobacco will go to extraordinary lengths to ensure moves to quell smoking rates fail.
Big Tobacco relies on tactics of deceit, delay and frustration which it has developed and refined over half a century.
Philip Morris tried to game the system. It lost.
Australia’s plain packaging win over Philip Morris will kill the ISDS bogeyman.
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The experience of Canada, which agreed to an ISDS clause in its North American Free Trade agreement, should give pause to Australia.
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