(The Financial Times, London, June 11, 2014)
“Australians are consuming less tobacco than at any time since records began in 1959, prompting health campaigners to claim the world’s first law forcing cigarettes to be sold in plain packs is reducing smoking rates…[this week] Ireland followed Australia and New Zealand to become the third country to commit to forcing tobacco companies to sell their products in plain packets carrying graphic health warnings. Australia, which introduced plain packaging in December 2012, is at the centre of a global debate over whether such laws can reduce smoking. The data will provide fresh ammunition to campaigners in countries such as the UK, which is considering similar rules.”
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U.S.: E-Cigarettes May Get Advantage for Not Containing Tobacco
(Bloomberg News, June 11, 2014)