Australia wins landmark tobacco WTO packaging case, reports

A landmark Australian law on restrictive tobacco packaging has been upheld at the World Trade Organisation after a five-year legal battle, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing two people familiar with the situation. Such a ruling from the WTO has been widely anticipated as giving a green light for other countries to roll out similar laws, not only on tobacco but also on alcohol and unhealthy foods. Australia had the backing of the World Health Organisation, and many other countries have since announced similar legislation.¬†Photo: Department of Health The Australian law goes much further than advertising bans and graphic health…
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