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Plain packaging takes the puff out of smoking

Date posted: 31 May 2016

On World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling upon all countries to get ready for plain packaging of tobacco products. Those joining Australia in the implementation of plain packaging laws include France, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Heart Foundation Tobacco Control Spokesperson, Maurice Swanson, said that tobacco plain packaging had contributed to around twenty five per cent of the total decline in the prevalence of smoking since the laws were introduced in 2012.

'Signs the legislation is working were confirmed in the Federal Government’s Tobacco Plain Packaging – Post Implementation Review. This has resulted in tens of thousands of Australians quitting and subsequently saved the lives of many Australians,' Mr Swanson said. 'Mounting evidence shows plain packaging, along with increases in tobacco tax and smoke-free areas, effectively works on discouraging both children and adults alike from taking up, or continuing to smoke....This is why there has been strong opposition from tobacco companies and international efforts taken to stop plain packaging. The Australian Government has been courageous in its continuing defence of what is world-leading legislation...On World No Tobacco Day we’re calling on all Australian smokers to continue to take the steps towards a healthier you by butting out.

Source: The Heart Foundation

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