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Ban Cigarettes, Health Groups Tell Australia

AUSTRALIA'S push to bring in the world's toughest tobacco packaging laws has won the backing of the High Court - but some of the nation's leading healthcare executives have called on Canberra to take the next step and ban cigarettes.

Cigarettes sold in Australia after December 1 will come in dull, olive-brown packs featuring graphic health warnings following the court ruling. Brand names will be restricted to small, generic type.

The laws set a tough new international standard, with New Zealand expected to follow suit and countries such as the United Kingdom, France, South Africa and China considering the measure.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald. Read full article. (link)

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