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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2040

Coalition opposed to plain packaging has many ties to tobacco industry

By Manjari Peiris

An "international coalition" consisting of 47 organizations seeking publicity worldwide of its opposition to plain packaging of tobacco products has signed a letter and sent to World Health Organization's head Dr. Margaret Chan.

This coalition is said to be actually an alliance of free market organizations with numerous ties to the tobacco industry.

In its letter to Dr. Chan, the coalition has described plain packaging as "detrimental trademark infringement". It echoes tobacco industry claims about plain packaging in Australia, which in 2012 became the first country to implement the measure.

"Data suggests that the plain packaging effects may not be as successful as these governments would have the public believe with smoking rates actually increasing in a number of Australian states in the year following the policy's implementation."

However, a review of research done since 1990 has found that plain packaging is effective.

Sources reveal that individual members of the anti-plain packaging coalition have also received tobacco industry funding. Other signatories count tobacco companies among their member.

Source of information - www.fctc.org

- Asian Tribune -

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