Australia wins landmark WTO tobacco packaging case

Reuters, 4 May 2017
Author: Tom Miles, Martinne Geller
“A landmark Australian law on restrictive tobacco packaging has been upheld at the World Trade Organization after a five-year legal battle. Such a ruling from the WTO has been widely anticipated as giving a green light for other countries to roll out similar laws, not only on tobacco but also on alcohol and unhealthy foods. The rules, introduced in 2010, ban flashy logos and distinctive-coloured cigarette packaging in favour of drab olive packets that look more like military or prison issue, with brand names printed in small standardised fonts.”
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