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New Zealand plans logo-free cigarette packs


March 16. 2013 6:58PM
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(AP) New Zealand's government wants to get even tougher against smoking by making tobacco companies remove their logos from cigarette packs.


The country already has become one of the strictest anti-smoking countries by increasing taxes and making retailers hide packs below the counter. The new plain-packaging legislation would be similar to an Australian law that took effect in December.


But Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia says New Zealand will wait until a trade challenge in Australia plays out before introducing the new law. That would be next year at the earliest.


Tobacco companies oppose packaging changes but lost a legal challenge in Australia's highest court last year. Some tobacco-growing countries have mounted another challenge through the World Trade Organization.


Associated Press


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