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New laws ban lighting up between the flags

10/10/2012 GRANT MCARTHUR -The Australian

The State Government's beach cigarette ban willsee smokers hit with a $140 fine if they light up between the flags on any of the state's patrolled hotspots.

Even those smoking 50moutside the flags marking safe swimming areas will be breaking laws to be introduced to Parliament this week.

Health Minister David Davis said the laws were needed to send the message that it was not acceptable to smoke.

"This is about ensuring there is a message to children, to families, about smoking," Mr Davis said.

"The focus is on patrolled beaches because that is where the greatest number of people and families exist."

Councils will enforce the bans even though many have anti-smoking regulations, with fines handed out the same way parking tickets are administered.

Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland have beach smoking bans in place, with on-the-spot fines up to $200 and court-imposed penalties of up to $1000 for those lighting up on the beach. Mr Davis said few fines had been handed out in other states where experience had shown the laws were "self enforcing" ...

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... and smokers ditched their habit when challenged by other annoyed beachgoers.

The legislation will be introduced to Parliament this week, with the laws in place before people flock to the sand for Christmas.

Australia's Gross-Out Cigarett

09/10/2012 David Fickling

Remember when a pack of smokes came with glitzy logos, rich foil sleeves, and romanticized language about the pleasures within? The future of cigarette packs is now on display in Australia, and it’s not romantic: large, graphic images of gangrenous limbs and cancer victims, with brand names printed in a uniform font on a background legally mandated as “drab dark brown.”

Tobacco products complying with the world’s first plain-packaging laws started arriving in Australia’s stores around Oct. 1, when the country’s A$10 billion ($10.37 billion) tobacco industry was hit with strict constraints on how it can package and sell cigarettes. Similar regulations, backed by the World Health Organization, are being weighed in the U.K., New Zealand, Turkey, and the EU. “With so many countries lined up to ride on Australia’s coattails, what we hope to see is a domino effect for the good of public health,” Margaret Chan, the WHO’s director general, said in a statement.

Government inspectors will be closely scrutinizing packs over the next two months, on the ...

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... lookout for even small deviations from the stylebook, says Simon Crittle, a spokesman for Plibersek. Health officials had already slammed the packaging of some cigarette makers who tried photos that weren’t grisly enough shortly before the imposition of the new rules. “The images that had appeared on some of the packs—graphic health warnings, photos of people with gangrene—weren’t as sharp as they could have been,” Crittle says. “The reds weren’t as red as they should be.”

Mandatory picture warnings were first introduced in Canada in 2001. They now have been rolled out in 47 countries, including Brazil, the Philippines, Turkey, and Ukraine among the world’s top 10 cigarette markets, according to the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance. Australia’s rollout is being watched because the barring of almost all branding goes further than rules in other nations. Similar regulations in the U.S. have been stalled by a federal appeals court ruling in August.

The packaging laws are among several measures, including a 25 percent tax increase, intended to cut the prevalence of smokers from the current 15 percent of Australians to 10 percent by 2018. About 15,000 Australians die from tobacco-related diseases annually, with social and economic costs of about A$32 billion a year, the government reports.

The High Court of Australia in August dismissed a claim by British American Tobacco (BTI), Philip Morris (MO), Imperial Tobacco, and Japan Tobacco International that the law illegally seizes their intellectual property by banning the display of trademarks. Appeals have also been lodged by Honduras, Ukraine, and the Dominican Republic at the World Trade Organization, claiming the law restricts the tobacco trade.

Cigarette makers are right to fear the regulations, says David Hammond, an expert in tobacco rules at the University of Waterloo in Canada: “Once tobacco control measures are established in one country, they spread.”

The bottom line: Australia has started requiring plain packaging and graphic health warnings on products produced by its $10 billion tobacco industry.


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