Australia mulls “plain packaging legislation” to dissuade smokers

Australia mulls “plain packaging legislation” to dissuade smokersAustralia is mulling more stringent smoking rules --- with the Federal Government having come up with a proposal to impose plain packaging and repugnant images on cigarette packets!

According to the information shared by Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon, the tougher smoking rules will make it mandatory for local cigarette-manufacturing firms to adhere to some specific guidelines, including the use of unattractive packaging to dissuade smokers.

These moves will chiefly be aimed at decreasing the marketing capabilities of the cigarette manufacturers, who – going by the records – touched a total earning of a whopping almost $10 billion in the year 2009.

Noting that the “plain packaging legislation” will be the world’s first legislation to send out the clear message that the glamour associated with cigarette smoking is gone, Roxon told reporters: “Cigarette packs will now only show the death and disease that can come from smoking.”

Talking about the need for such a tough smoking legislation, Roxon drew attention to the fact that smoking-related illnesses result in over 15,000 deaths in Australia every year. Roxon also added that smoking happens to the foremost ‘preventable’ cause of disease and death in the country.

However, Roxon also elaborated that for the administration Labour Party to have the tough smoking rules in place, it is essential that the efforts are backed by the conservative opposition as well as the Greens Party lawmakers!