In a decision announced Wednesday, Australia's high court upheld the plain packaging act, which says that tobacco products must be in plain packaging and bear graphic health warnings as of December 1.
"It's extraordinarily encouraging," said Richard Daynard, a professor at Northeastern University in Boston and president of the Public Health Advocacy Institute. "It means that governments are pretty much free to do what they feel is necessary to protect their population from tobacco marketing, including marketing on packages. In other words, it's a blow for public health."
Several tobacco companies had challenged the act as unconstitutional, saying the government was unfairly taking its intellectual property.
The high court posted the decision on its website, but not the opinion. That will be published at a later date, it said.FULL STORY