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Australia Takes On Tabacco Giants Over Packaging

Health & Wellness  (tags: tabacco, battle, Australia, package, advertisements, health hazards, cancer, health warnings, opposition, BATA, British American Tabacco Australia, Philip Morris, debate, controvertial, prevention, health, risks )

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Australia faces a smoking hot battle against big tabacco companies over a plan to remove their last bastion of advertising -- the cigarette pack.


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. (0)
Sunday May 29, 2011, 5:44 am
This is a ridiculous piece of proposed legislation. Cigarettes are a legal product. And to try and force makers of a legal product to change their packaging to a uniform one for all and to make their packages massive advertisements for the anti-smoking crowd is ludicrous. Rather like the efforts of the anti-abortion legislators here in the U.S. - they can't get legal abortion outlawed so they keep chipping away at it, bit by bit, with all sorts of proposed outrageous legislation.

Alcohol is also a dangerous and addictive product and is the direct cause of quite a lot of deaths and serious injuries/illness (including death and injury to those who never took a drink but are the victims of crime, accident, and abuse perpetrated by those under its influence.) Yet where are the calls for uniform drab packaging filled with ugly pictures of mangled bodies from DUI accidents or cirrhotic livers? Strangely enough, I'm not hearing them, which makes sense - since likely most of the Australian politicians who are fighting against dangerous and addictive cigarettes are drinkers of dangerous and addictive alcohol. And likely believe people have a right to drink, even though the potential for problems always exists.

Just another example of nanny-stateism - in this case, highly selective nanny-statism.

Morris G. (18)
Monday May 30, 2011, 12:32 pm
Hear hear Lindsey
By the way Naoko it is spelled tobacco

. (0)
Monday May 30, 2011, 1:12 pm
I still believe in free enterprise. No country should have control on how a legal product should be sold. Personally, as a reformed smoker of 33 years, I think this kind of advertising would have made me stopped sooner. Sorry for the wavering.....

Cathy K (0)
Monday May 30, 2011, 1:47 pm
I watched my mother and aunt die horrendous painful frightening deaths from emphysema caused by them having smoked cigarettes. And, my Dad's heart problems which lead to a massive heart attack and his death were also caused by his having smoked cigarettes. -- I SAY " BRAVO" AND "THANK YOU" TO THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FOR STANDING UP TO THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY / TOBACCO COMPANIES.

caterina caligiuri (69)
Monday May 30, 2011, 2:36 pm

Olive Tassell (7)
Monday May 30, 2011, 3:51 pm
We need to get rid of tobacco all together not fight over packaging. The only real reason it still exists is because of all the tax money generated and very little of that goes towards health related diseases some facts on the package that smokers are already aware of is stupid.

gene p (0)
Monday May 30, 2011, 3:56 pm
good one.

wendy w (47)
Monday May 30, 2011, 5:30 pm
It would keep me from smoking!

Monica D (580)
Monday May 30, 2011, 8:43 pm
I will be glad when noone smokes any more. Smoking is a public health issue. Even secondhand smoke still kills many people every year. Governments exist to legislate in the public interest, and I am happy when they genuinely do so.

Monica D (580)
Monday May 30, 2011, 8:49 pm
Correcting my previous post, legislatures of course exist to legislate ...

greenplanet e (155)
Tuesday May 31, 2011, 1:23 am
good on them!

cancer from smoking is devastating and a big drain on health resources (which the tobacco companies don't pay for).

Lindsay K (6)
Tuesday May 31, 2011, 2:35 am
The tobacco giants are still targetting poor and vulnerable people!!

Marzia F (31)
Tuesday May 31, 2011, 3:08 am

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Tuesday May 31, 2011, 3:12 am
It is the best news i have read excellent job GOD Bless Australian Govt my prayers are with you for the success to element smoking

Ralph F (70)
Tuesday May 31, 2011, 3:27 am
I'm not a cigarette smoker but I'm wondering if there is a difference in health dangers between just pure tobacco and the overly-laced-with-chemical cigarettes that are the mainstay of most smokers. Does anyone have info / data on this?

This is a tough one because the the individual's right to smoke has to be balanced by the authority's responsibility to uphold a healthy environment for the group.

John Y (67)
Tuesday May 31, 2011, 7:03 am
Let the people smoke if they want, some will give it up when they realise it is bad for their health especially their teeth and their lungs. The Australian government should be encouraging people to give them up by the use of patches and imposing high taxes on cigarettes like it is in the UK.

Rossy Osborne (0)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 12:31 am
I am an ex smoker!
I used to enjoy making our own smokes from the purchased dried leaves, adding our own 'flavouring' pressing, slicing then drying our pure organic clean tobacco.
I hated having to substitute tailor-mades with all the poisonious chemicals and very little to no tobacco in them.
They have become even worse since made overseas in countries with far lower standards of growing ethics and cleanliness than our own tobacco ever was.
Yet the Government used to rule that home [legal or organic] tobacco, which later became Chop Chop when the tobacco industry was phased out, was 'dangerious' to smoke???
Thus forcing people onto the very most 'unfit for smoking' imported chemical things they refer to as cigarettes. Then when thousands more die or become ill from the toxins, they blame the tobacco???
Go back into history and see how long the tobacco chewing old men and Doctors lived, smoking clean unadulterated tobacco in their pipes.
I too believe smoking isn't a smart thing to do, but I hate anti-social drinkers and drink-driver far worse. Drug addicts are on par with these as well.
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