Street poll: Should cigarettes be sold in plain packaging?
New laws will force tobacco companies to use plain packaging plus graphic anti-smoking images on cigarette packs.
Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon says the generic olive green packaging will take away the glamour of smoking.
“Cigarette packs will now only show the death and disease that can come from smoking,” she said.
However, the British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) has vowed to fight the proposed changes, saying that tobacco companies will be forced to compete through price.
“Cheaper cigarettes [become] more accessible to younger people: smoking rates go up,” BATA spokesperson Scott McIntyre said.
Cigarette displays are already banned in shops in New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. Ms Roxon is pushing for the changes to be made by July 2012.