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[thejournal.ie] Australia’s plain cigarette packaging has not given a boost to the illicit tobacco trade. (29 Aug 2014)

URL: http://www.thejournal.ie/plain-cigarette-pack-1643...

Australia was the first country in the world to introduce standardised packaging for tobacco products in December 2012.

New Zealand, Ireland, and the UK are currently considering similar legislation.

Research on the early experience of the policy in Australia was published in the online journal BMJ Open today.

It found that plain tobacco packs don’t hurt small retailers, flood the market with very cheap cigarettes, or boost the trade in illicit tobacco.

Researchers say that the findings suggest there is no evidence for these particular arguments that are put forward by the tobacco industry.


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