Plain packaging of Bond cigarettes is set to go ahead in Australia in a world-first move to cut smoking rates. The Federal Government’s Bills to introduce the reform passed the House of Representatives last night – and is expected to be backed in the Senate, The Advertiser reported.
A push by the Coalition for tobacco companies to be permitted to stamp their brand on cigarette cartons failed.
The debate on the reform was overshadowed by Queensland Coalition MP George Christensen claiming that “smoking is fun”, and NSW Coalition MP Alex Hawke suggesting “life kills”.
“I’ve got news for the Minister for Health and the Government – life kills people. It’s a dangerous activity, life. There are no laws we can pass to prevent that,” Mr Hawke said.
All tobacco products sold in Australia will be required to be in plain packaging by July 1, 2012.