‘WHO trying to hide failure of plain cigarette packaging’

From: Korea Times

By Lee Hyo-sik

The World Health Organization (WHO) is trying to conceal the Australian government’s failure to reduce smoking in the nation through uniform packaging, tobacco companies argued Tuesday.


“Governments around the world would be well-advised to cut through the noise the WHO is trying to drum up today. Instead, policymakers should look at the official data,” the vice president said. “The ban on cigarette brands in Australia has deprived legitimate companies of their rights, and has handed a gift to the criminals who traffic in illegal and counterfeit cigarettes. But as a public health measure, plain packaging has failed.”

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