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Australia plans plain-packaging rule for cigarettes, will other countries follow?
Australia has set out plans for new rules forcing tobacco companies to use plain packaging carrying graphic health warnings.
From July 2012, manufacturers would be required to drop all colour and branding logos from cigarette packets.
The move, billed as a world-first, comes after recommendations were made by the World Health Organisation.
Australia also announced a 25% increase in tax on cigarettes, effective from 0001 on Friday.
If you have time, take a look at a short article that I wrote a few weeks ago for another website. It was written with National Cancer Awareness Day in mind. Here is the link http://www.associatedcontent.com/articl … _kick.html
If anything it gives my feelings about smoking tobacco of any form. Smoking however is a habit and I like many others maybe were once heavy smokers. I had a tough time quitting myself, which I assume is the main reason why other folks can't kick the habit so easily. But the real irony of it all is, that for us prior smokers, if we do quit, we end up breathing in all of that second hand smoke from current smokers. So in essence we really are not benefitting at all.
The plain packaging rules for the U.S. and other countries; I am sure will eventually follow down the same road which Australia has already embarked on. That was definitely a good move on their part. Plus raising the taxes to 25% may keep people from buying so many butts in the first place. But if you're hooked on tobacco, than you will find a way to support your habit. Only way to give it up-is if you really want to, or on your last few breaths, laying upon the death bed. Hope my feedback to this question has helped you.
That's interesting. I would see how they do for a while. Will smoking profits go down? Will cancer dissipate in the next generation because of it? However, also think about China. They have smoking packages with pictures of individuals with cancer and black lungs from smoking too much.
Part of me thinks this is a good idea because I hate cigarettes, but another part of me thinks this is extreme. I think that's a better idea than the U.S. plan to put graphic images on the packages. I think for the most part, people know smoking is harmful, but if it's going to be printed on each pack, why stop there. Tell people the real harm that all that processed food is doing.
Yeah, the effects of this decision will be really interesting to follow, i heard that the tobacco giants will make a lawsuit against Australia. The money they earn from the taxes are of course enormous, but the extra money they have to spend on medical care cant be cheap either.
we do basically the same thing in Canada already. i don't get why they think this will make a difference. if the governments cared, they would make them illegal in 5 years, giving smokers time to quit.the problem is that they won't have anything to blame the increases in cancer on if smokes are gone.
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