The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

MPs pass Australia's plain packaging bill

An example of Australia's proposed plain packaging. Copyright Government of Australia.

Australian MPs on Wednesday approved legislation that would require plain packaging on tobacco products by 2012. The bill now goes to the Senate for reading. 

The legislation, the first of its kind in the world, forbids branding, logos, symbols and images on packaging and on cigarettes.

The bill and an explanatory memorandum acknowledge Australia's obligations as a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

The treaty now has 174 Parties, which together include 87.4 per cent of the world's population.

Read the press release by Cancer Council Australia, an FCA member.

Read a previous FCA article.



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