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    Australia First Again

    Yes, Australia is the first country in the world to sell cigarettes in plain paper packages.

    Yes, from today we can only buy cigarettes in Australia in plain paper packages.

    The Tobacco Companies fought us ferociously but we won.

    But ask yourself, why hasn't your country taken on the lying Tobacco Companies who cause death and disease for so many of your fellow citizens?

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    Well, lets see if the Australian Government gets sued for billions of dollars first. In fact, I'd be more worried about what the WTO are going to do.

    NZ is planning on doing it next once we see how it goes in Aussie. We've been bombarded with annoying propaganda ads from Tobacco lobbyists trying to convince the public to oppose it.

    I don't know that it's going to do anything to solve the problem or if even if it's right. I guess we'll see...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Kross View Post
    Well, lets see if the Australian Government gets sued for billions of dollars first. In fact, I'd be more worried about what the WTO are going to do.

    NZ is planning on doing it next once we see how it goes in Aussie. We've been bombarded with annoying propaganda ads from Tobacco lobbyists trying to convince the public to oppose it.

    I don't know that it's going to do anything to solve the problem or if even if it's right. I guess we'll see...
    C'mon, it's a great victory for the health of Australians. And if the rest of the world follows, it will be an enormous victory for the health of humanity.

    The Tobacco Companies have lost in the High Court. The Australian Government has won a victory for health. As Australians we can take justifiable pride in this victory, and we can encourage other countries to follow our example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Yes, Australia is the first country in the world to sell cigarettes in plain paper packages.

    Yes, from today we can only buy cigarettes in Australia in plain paper packages.

    The Tobacco Companies fought us ferociously but we won.

    But ask yourself, why hasn't your country taken on the lying Tobacco Companies who cause death and disease for so many of your fellow citizens?
    LOL @ these packages. What an awesome idea! Let's also force McDonalds to print images of morbidly obese people and diseased hearts on its food packaging. We could also force alcohol manufacturers to cover their products with images of diseased livers and horrible traffic accidents. Why stop there? Let's force knife companies to display pictures of people murdered by knives on their products.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Yes, Australia is the first country in the world to sell cigarettes in plain paper packages.

    Yes, from today we can only buy cigarettes in Australia in plain paper packages.

    The Tobacco Companies fought us ferociously but we won.

    But ask yourself, why hasn't your country taken on the lying Tobacco Companies who cause death and disease for so many of your fellow citizens?
    Being convicts, I thought cigarettes were your currency...

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    I do see how this is a major health victory. I don't see many people hitting because the boxes aren't as pretty anymore.


    Edit: looked up the boxes. I think it's a bit misleading to call it "plain" when it has a picture of mouth cancer on it. That might deter some people.

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    We've been fighting since 1971. In 1971, cigarette ads were banned from radio and television.

    In 1999 ads on billboards were changed to anti-smoking messages.

    In 2010 tobacco companies are prohibited from sponsoring events such as sports or concerts, and can no longer have logos on clothing.

    Having all ads be only standard black text on a white background with no soundtrack or sound effects for video is already on the books. I'm sure packaging is not far behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    LOL @ these packages. What an awesome idea! Let's also force McDonalds to print images of morbidly obese people and diseased hearts on its food packaging. We could also force alcohol manufacturers to cover their products with images of diseased livers and horrible traffic accidents. Why stop there? Let's force knife companies to display pictures of people murdered by knives on their products.
    Haha, perfect.

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    What a stupid idea. Fucking socialists.

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    I think this thread overlooks the more important arena in which Australia comes in first: Attractive Accents.

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