Australia Bans Cigarette Pack Logos, Makes Them Green and Covered in Disease Photos

By Gary Cutlack on at

Australia isn't messing about in the war on smokers. It's passed legislation to remove all logos from cigarette packets sold in the country and will force makers to show photographs of diseases caused by smoking on the boxes.

The move will force makers to include horrendous photos of diseases and sick children on cigarette boxes from December of next year, while all logos, colours (other than dark green) and promotional text of any sort will also be banned.

The tobacco industry isn't best pleased, though, claiming it'll cost the government millions of dollars in legal fights with cigarette makers in the courts, then "billions" in compensation if the ruling is ever overturned. [ABC]