Australia: Cigarette Ban On Branding

By Jamie Pert - Apr 30, 2010

Over the last few years tobacco companies have been on the receiving end of some heavily impacting law changes, we are now hearing that Australia are planning a new change which could further damage tobacco companies sales.

The law changes will force companies to shows graphic images of the damage that smoking causes on the packaging, not only this but there will be a health warning in bold text, the name of the cigarette brand will be in plain text.

As if this wasn’t a strong enough stance we are also hearing that from today Australia have implemented a 25% increase in tax on cigarettes, this would obviously drive the consumer’s price up.

As you can imagine this is all bad news for cigarette/tobacco companies, one company (Imperial Tobacco Australia) will apparently do their best to fight the proposed law changes.

Do you think Australia’s proposed law changes are justified?

Source: BBC

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  • Julie

    Australia has had graphic images of the effects of smoking for a number of years now, together with written warnings about the dangers of smoking. It HAS reduced the number of smokers in the country. This new law will just affect BRANDING, "do I go the Marlboro or the Camels". It's about reducing the attractiveness of these products and it works!

  • Endri

    Putting graphical images on cigarette boxes is a very smart idea. I think it is necessary to remind addicted consumers the result of the product they are buying, especially youg consumers. I hope that this goes through and that U.S. and the rest of the world adopts something similar. On the other side I am afraid that increasing taxes so much might have and adverse effect.

  • Tee

    No its not necassary, unless they treat junk food the same way. Show a picture of a diseased heart next to a Big Mac. Show open heart surgury on the package of pizza rolls. For that matter show chemical poisoning next to products with dangerous additives, there are plenty out there.

  • Michelle

    That is awesome! I wish they would do that in the US I would never smoke again.

  • Jeremy

    no it isn't justified… what next? Pictures of bad liver's on Beer Bottles? seriously? why?

  • Jimmy

    I personally think the laws are ridiculous and just another example of how soccer moms are creating more laws so more people have to live according to their perceptions of the correct life. As long as cigarettes are being sold to ADULTS, then it is their choice to smoke or not. I personally want a list of all their bad habits and start treating them the same way. In the end it's all just fluff so they can feel good about themselves without actually getting anything done.

  • Jimmy

    I personally think the laws are ridiculous and just another example of how soccer moms are creating more laws so more people have to live according to their perceptions of the correct life. As long as cigarettes are being sold to ADULTS, then it is their choice to smoke or not. I personally want a list of all their bad habits and start treating them the same way. In the end it's all just fluff so they can feel good about themselves without actually getting anything done.

  • age17

    yes i agree!! this will show teens especially that smoking isn't "cool" or "sexy". that it is a dangerous addiction that will make you sick and eventually kill you!

  • The cigarette companies say you have a choice to smoke or not but this is a lie with the trillions they spent to lure the very young into this "designer drug" and then keeping them trapped by adding thousands of additives that have no other purpose but to cause you to become addicted to this drug. Prisons are full of "Drug Pushers" yet these are allowed to kill at their leisure. We were all duped way back in the 1920s and 40s and 50s till now but it is time these killers were made to pay for their crimes to humainity. I say jail these companies and take their money past and present and future and use that money to help break the addictions they caused.

  • Do I think the new laws against cigarettes is justified? Actually I don't think the laws go far enough. Cigarettes is not the only "legal designer" drug out there, but there has been trillions of $ spent on this "designer drug" so that you and I and our babies would become addicted to" this weapon of mass destruction". Every dime that has been made off this plant after it became a designer drug should be returned to the consummer and the drug pushing companies jailed for genecide. This is the year 2010 and we "know" for a fact that this plant has been caused to become "designer drug" by people knowing full well that what they were doing and are still doing today was going to in fact kill other human beings. As a human race we ought to be ashamed of ourselves for allowing greed to kill our people but we all stand by and allow it to happen over and over again. Remember that this plant alone isn't near as harmful by a long shot.

  • Rick

    I think a little "reminder" every time a smoker looks a pack of cigarettes is justifiable. I quit smoking 20 years ago, but do remember that the warning on the side of the pack got me thinking every once in a while. Something graphic would have a huge impact, especially on kids who might be interested in taking up this disgusting habit.

  • sissy

    NO I DO NOT AGREE WITH THIS.I DONT SEE NO ONE MESSING WITH THE LIQUOR ….THAT IS THE ONES THAT NEED TO BE TAXED ……..

  • I think the law is fair, but it is not balanced. Why not ALSO do the following to play fair:

    1. Note that High Fructose Corn Syrup is associated with dramatically increased risk of adverse health dangers from cancer to heart disease and diabetes.

    2. That two cans of soda PER WEEK increase one's risk of pancreatic cancer 87 %!

    3. That sugar weakens the immune system–a mere 2 tablespoons, by 50 percent in 20 minutes, thereby increasing your risk of any infections, cancer and many other conditions. Therefore all sugar containing foods (especially refined sugar containing foods), must note that consumption of this food will weaken your immune system. The amount of weakening will depend upon your overall general health, your consumption of other immune system weakening ingredients and your intake of immune system supporting nutrients such as vitamin A, Beta-Carotene, vitamin C and the mineral zinc.

    4. That fluoride causes birth defects, tumors, Down' Syndrome, hastened aging, kidney disease and dramatically increases risk of autoimmune disorders. ALL products, therefore must list fluoride content. Grapes (non organic), 1.8 milligrams per 2 ounces, that kind of thing!

    5. That genetically modified foods can result in sterility in the third generation of mice. Could occur in people too. Perhaps this is one reason fertility is down so much around the world as are male sperm counts. So instead of FIGHTING labeling, we should force ALL companies to label their foods if they're genetically modified. People wouldn't buy them if they knew? Well Good!

    6. All foods with aspartame (NutriSweet), must inform the customer that such foods have resulted in migraines, neuropathy and over 25,000 complaints to the FDA. Considering that less than 1-2 percent probably bother writing such letters, it is a HUGE problem.

    7. ALL Rx DRUGS must note on their packaging that they are a huge killer in America. According to the 2004 report by Null and Associates, over 100,000 deaths occur each year in America from drugs (and another 600,000 from "conventional" treatments or errors). The consumers ought to know this.

  • Leo

    Smoking was created by the devil, he wants to tempt people to smoke because he doesn't want to be the only one who will burn in hell. It's reality if you smoke you need to repent and be forgiven from all your sins, It's reality God exsists just reaf the bible it is the oldest book that is still being sold. In revelations it reveals the future it says God will come to take all his people who were faithful to him and read the word and repented and recieved the holy spirit come and repent.

  • Lucy

    Yes, this is warranted. Smoking has a huge negative impact on health and the economy, with the costs of health care, and lost work time. It's time, in my opinion, that smoking went the way of the dodo. It is not necessary to smoke in order to survive, unlike eating and drinking. Therefore, it's a luxury we really can't afford anymore.

  • Roger L. Beard

    RIDICULOUS AND ABSURD !

  • Michael5

    Yes the extra awareness effort on part of the Australian government is justified. COPD is the 4th leading cause of death in the world as of now and predicited to overtake stroke in 3rd place soon. I have COPD as a result of smoking 39+ years. I was warned repeatedly about the dangers of smoking and wouldn't heed the advice and I believe more intense efforts should be applied at every angle including tax the product out of the market.