Australia Senate passes law banning cigarette brand labels Michael Haggerson at 11:17 AM ET
[JURIST] The Australian Senate [official website] on Thursday passed the Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011 [text, PDF; materials] which requires that cigarettes be sold in generic olive green packages, without brands or logos. The packages will also have warnings of the potential health risks of smoking. Australia is the first country in the world [BBC report] to pass a law such as this. The bill will now go to the lower house of parliament where it is expected to be passed. Tobacco companies have announced that they plan to challenge the law.
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