Tobacco Plain Packaging (NZ)


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22 December 2015

Early in 2014, the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill had its first reading in New Zealand, proposing a legislative regime for standardised tobacco packaging. Similar measures were previously adopted by Australia in 2011 and evidence suggests that they have helped contribute to Australia's rapidly decreasing smoking rates.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration unanimously found in favour of the Australian Government in the case brought against plain packaging by Philip Morris Hong Kong. This important decision helps ensure that plain packaging will remain in Australia and places them as a world leader in the fight against tobacco. Other countries such as France and Ireland have followed Australia's lead, both of which will enforce similar plain packaging laws from May 2016.