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Britain may bring in plain packaging for cigarettes

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Ministers could announce plans to introduce plain packets for cigarettes later this year, reports suggest. The legislation will be announced during the Queen’s Speech in May, the Guardian said.

The newspaper said the Government also plans to ban smoking in cars carrying children. However, senior Department of Health officials insisted that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is yet to make a decision about the move.

In December, Australia became the first country in the world to put all tobacco products in standardised packs. Cigarettes and other products are all sold in packaging of a standardised colour, with only the brand name and graphic warnings visible.

“We are going to follow what they have done in Australia,” a senior Whitehall source told the Guardian. “The evidence suggests it is going to deter young smokers. There is going to be legislation.”

In April last year, the Government launched a consultation on plans to introduce mandatory standardised packaging for tobacco products.

Health campaigners have welcomed the proposal, saying that brightly coloured packages are one of the last marketing ploys tobacco companies use to lure people to their products, but opponents claim it would lead to increased smuggling and job losses.

Information generated by the consultation, which closed in August, is still being analysed by health officials.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said: “We have received many thousands of responses to the tobacco packaging consultation. We are currently in the process of carefully collating and analysing all the responses received. The Government has an open mind on this issue and any decisions to take further action will be taken only after full consideration of the consultation responses, evidence and other relevant information.”

Dr Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, said: “Introducing standardised packaging would be a huge public health achievement for the Government. And despite strong lobbying from the tobacco industry, we know the majority of the public backs plain packs. We urge the Government to move forward with this measure and give it our full backing.”


Australia Plans to Get Tougher on Tobacco

Friday, April 8th, 2011

SYDNEY—Australia on Thursday unveiled draft laws banning logos and branding from tobacco packaging, the first government in the world to take such a stance, likely setting lawmakers up for a pitched battle with cigarette makers.

Under the proposed laws, logos, branding, colors and promotional text will be restricted on packets. Product names will appear in standard colors and positions in a regular font and size on packets colored a dark olive/brown, which government research has found holds the lowest appeal to smokers. Health warnings with graphic images of the harmful effects of smoking will have to make up 75% of the front of the packaging and 90% of the back.

“I expect Big Tobacco to fight these steps tooth and nail. They know that if Australia is the first, we will not be the last,” said Health Minister Nicola Roxon. “This plain packaging legislation is a world first and sends a clear message that the glamour is gone. Cigarette packs will now only show the death and disease that can come from smoking,” she said.

British American Tobacco PLC—the world’s second-biggest tobacco group by revenue, after China National Tobacco Corp., and the biggest cigarette seller in Australia—said it intends to fight the government’s proposed measures, saying the laws would rob it of intellectual property rights valued at billions of dollars and that they would breach international trademark laws.

“It’s going to end up in the courts,” BAT spokesman Scott McIntyre said. BAT also says plain packaging would open the cigarette market to counterfeit producers, something the government says will be offset by new features designed to thwart counterfeiting.

BAT this year reported higher full-year profit on the back of growing demand from emerging countries, even while volumes decline as the global economy stutters. The company’s Australian brands include some of the country’s most popular: Winfield, Dunhill and Benson & Hedges. Rivals in Australia include Philip Morris International Inc. and Imperial Tobacco Group PLC’s local unit.

A spokesman for Philip Morris said the company will oppose the government’s move “in every way possible.”

“Plain packaging not only constitutes an expropriation of our valuable trademarks, but would be a pure and simple confiscation of the core of our business,” the company said in a statement.

Imperial Tobacco said it, too, will “robustly” fight the claims and said sales of counterfeit tobacco will soar if the new rules are implemented. “Organised crime will continue to strengthen its footprint in Australia because importing and selling counterfeits of plain packaged legitimate Australian brands will be easier than in any other market in the world,” the company said.

Retailers are also set to oppose the measure. The Australian Retailers Association said compliance costs would increase as store fittings are altered and the laws could spark “retail rage” at checkouts as increased transaction times anger consumers.

“Plain packaging is likely to significantly increase the time taken to complete a transaction, including the sale of tobacco product,” Russell Zimmerman, the ARA’s executive director, said in a statement.

If passed, the new laws would take effect Jan. 1, 2012, with all packaging expected to comply with the regulations within six months. According to government figures, 15,000 Australians die annually from smoking, while tobacco-related illness costs society 31.5 billion Australian dollars (US$32.9 billion) annually.

Shadow health minister and Liberal Party lawmaker Peter Dutton said his party has yet to formulate a stance on the policy but wants to see the government’s research on why plain packaging is deemed an effective method to reduce smoking habits. His remarks hint the government may need to compromise on the new rules if they are to pass through Parliament.

“We have a proud record of standing up for consumers,” Mr. Dutton said. “We want to support sensible measures.”

Australia’s plan to regulate tobacco packaging is in line with moves by other governments around the world. In the U.K., the Conservative-led government plans to ban tobacco products from being openly displayed in shops, while the U.S. Justice Department in February said tobacco companies should say in product warnings that they deceived the public about the dangers of smoking and manipulated their products to increase addiction.

Health experts in China have also warned of tobacco-related illnesses. China is the world’s biggest consumer of tobacco, with an estimated 300 million smokers—nearly a quarter of its 1.3 billion-strong population.

The World Health Organization, which backs the plain-packaging measures, estimates five million people die annually from diseases linked to tobacco, a figure expected to climb to nine million by 2030.

The Australian measures were first mooted in 2010, shortly after an increase in excise taxes as part of a policy to cut smoking to 10% or less of the adult population by 2018 and measures to clamp down on online advertising. Since 2006, cigarette packages in Australia have carried color images displaying the health effects of smoking.

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