World Trade Organisation backs Australia’s laws on tobacco packaging

A panel of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has reviewed complaints made by Cuba, Honduras, Indonesia and the Dominican Republic and has rejected claims that Australia’s strict laws on tobacco packaging were unjustified. The complaint came as Australia’s Tobacco Plain Packaging Act was introduced, stipulating that packaging should be dominated by health warnings with branding in a standard font. Similar laws have been introduced in the UK, France, New Zealand and Uruguay.