Australia wins landmark WTO ruling on plain tobacco packaging

FILE PHOTO: A photo illustration shows a smoker with a pack of cigarettes featuring restrictive tobacco packaging outside a Sydney office building in Australia, May 5, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed/File Photo

GENEVA (Reuters) – Australia triumphed on Thursday in a major trade dispute over its pioneering “plain” tobacco packaging law, with World Trade Organization judges rejecting a complaint brought by Cuba, Indonesia, Honduras and Dominican Republic. The WTO panel said Australia’s law improved public health by reducing the use of tobacco products, rebuffing claims that alternative […]

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