Dec 11, 2015
It takes courage to stand up to Big Tobacco — and Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez continues to do just that in fighting tobacco use in his country of 3.4 million people.
The Inter-American Heart Association recently recognized this courage when it presented President Vázquez with the Science of Peace Award at a ceremony in Chile. The award honored his strong commitment to tobacco control both in Uruguay and around the world.
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Dec 10, 2015
Big tobacco is yet again fighting public health measures meant to reduce tobacco use, this time by suing the government of the United Kingdom (UK) for its law that will require tobacco products to be sold in standardized packages. The case has been brought by tobacco giants Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco Group and Japan Tobacco International. The companies are challenging the UK law — which will take effect next May — to eliminate the use of colorful logos and branding on tobacco packaging.
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Governments refuse to back down to Big Tobacco
Mar 17, 2015
Ireland and the United Kingdom have become the second and third countries, after Australia, to require that cigarettes and other tobacco products be sold in plain packaging, free of free of colorful logos and other branding that encourage tobacco use.
Ireland’s president signed that country’s law last week. Britain’s Parliament gave final approval to its legislation on Monday. These laws, which take effect in May 2016, will require that cigarettes be sold in plain, standardized packaging with large, graphic health warnings.
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Following Australia's Lead
Feb 19, 2013
New Zealand plans to become the second country to require that cigarettes be sold in plain packaging, free of colorful logos and other branding. New Zealand’s government announced today that it will introduce legislation requiring plain packaging, following the lead of Australia, which implemented its plain packaging law in December 2012.
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Tobacco industry still trying to sneak around the law
Nov 30, 2012
The deadly truth about smoking is plainer than ever in Australia starting on December 1.
Australia becomes the world’s first country to require that all cigarettes be sold in plain packaging, free of colorful logos and other branding. Cigarette packs will now bear only the brand name and the world’s largest health warnings, which cover 75 percent of the front and 90 percent of the back of the pack.
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Victory called "watershed moment" in fight against tobacco
Aug 15, 2012
Delivering an historic victory in the global fight against tobacco, Australia’s highest court has upheld the world’s first law requiring that all cigarettes and other tobacco products be sold in plain packaging, free of colorful logos and other branding. The High Court rejected a challenge by the tobacco industry, allowing Australia to move forward with requiring the plain packs starting on December 1.
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