N Zealand plans logo-free cigarette packs

2013-02-19 11:04

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Wellington - Strict against smoking already, New Zealand plans to make tobacco companies remove their logos from cigarette packs but will wait until a challenge to a similar Australian law is resolved.

The packaging law "will remove the last remaining vestige of glamour from these deadly products," Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia said in announcing the plan on Tuesday.

New Zealand has already increased cigarette taxes and makes retailers hide packs below the counter.

The new legislation would follow an Australian law that took effect in December and replaced logos on packs with graphic warnings including cancer-riddled mouths.

‘Most serious pandemic confronting humanity'

The proposed law could be introduced in Parliament later this year to take effect when the trade case over Australia's law plays out - next year at the earliest.

Tobacco companies lost a legal challenge in Australia's highest court last year, but the World Trade Organization has agreed to hear a complaint about the law from several tobacco-growing countries led by the Ukraine.

The Ukraine, Zimbabwe, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Indonesia argued that governments should pursue health policies "without unnecessarily restricting international trade and without nullifying intellectual property rights."

New Zealand, Norway and Uruguay have lined up behind Australia in the WTO case. Uruguay told the trade body it couldn't remain silent about "the most serious pandemic confronting humanity."

Turia said the New Zealand government wants to minimise its legal exposure by waiting until the outcome of the Australian challenge.

Even so, she said, the government is planning to set aside up to $5.1m to defend against possible lawsuits from the "very litigious" tobacco companies.

Tax hikes

Steve Rush, the New Zealand general manager of British American Tobacco, said in a statement on Tuesday that the company is exploring its legal options.

"We expect to see numerous repercussions as a result of the government ignoring several international agreements as well as setting a dangerous precedent for other industries," he said.

Many countries mandate that packages display photos or text describing smoking's health effects, and some limit the size of the branding or ban certain slogans, but Australia's dual approach is the strictest globally.

New Zealand has set itself a target of eliminating smoking altogether by 2025.

Turia said the government would consider introducing further measures, such as banning smoking in cars and public places and further hiking taxes.

- SAPA
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