WHO urges global support for tobacco plain packaging

The world should unit to support tobacco plain packaging for the good of public health, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan said on Thursday.

She also urged the world to “stand shoulder to shoulder” against the tobacco industry’s attempts to overturn Australia’s new tobacco control law.

According to reports from the WHO, Chan was speaking with Jane Halton, Secretary of Australia’s Department of Health and Aging at the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health taking place in Singapore, when she voiced her support over Australia’s legal move on tobacco control.

The Australian law requires tobacco products to be sold in “plain packaging,” that is, drab packages with graphic images of tobacco-related diseases and without logos. Australia is the first country to require plain packaging.

Australia has been sued by tobacco companies from both home and abroad for applying the plain packaging requirements.

Xinhua