Australian anti-smoking law bans brand labels

Friday 11 November 2011 01:00 GMT

Laws banning brand labels on cigarette packages passed their last major legislative hurdle in the Australian Senate yesterday and immediately faced the threat of court action from tobacco firms.

From December next year cigarettes must be sold in plain olive packets, with no brand logos, and show graphic images of the harm smoking can cause. The legislation now returns to the lower house for a vote seen as a formality.

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