Australian cigarette packaging 澳大利亞香煙外包裝

更新時間 2013年 1月 11日, 星期五 - 格林尼治標準時間11:55

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Cigarette packet sin a shop in Australia

Cigarette packaging has strong images of smoking-related diseases

澳大利亞一些煙草公司給購買其香煙的消費者發送硬紙盒套來遮擋煙盒上吸煙有害健康的印刷圖案。澳大利亞有關部門正在對此舉是否違反新的香煙包裝法案作出調查。請聽 BBC記者 Phil Mercer 的報道:

Tobacco companies and retailers that try to circumvent Australia's plain-packaging laws could face prosecution, according to health authorities.

They're investigating whether to take action against cardboard covers and stickers that hide graphic anti-smoking warnings.

One firm that produces labels says that sales have soared because consumers can't stand the sight of the packets they buy. Just over a month ago, Australia banned all tobacco company logos and colours from packaging, which now has disturbing colour pictures of smokers suffering from tongue and lung cancer.

The president of the Australian Medical Association, Steve Hambleton, is confident that those who attempt to skirt the legislation will be shut down.

President of the Australian Medical Association, Steve Hambleton:
If you're trying to circumvent it, it's not right, and I know that the government will actually either fix the problem by changing the law or enforcing the law. But the second thing I thought was, this is obviously working. If companies are going out of their way to hide the warnings and to hide the labels, they know it's having an impact and that's reassuring for us.

Tobacco companies had argued that Australia's plain packaging measures would deprive them of copyright without proper compensation. But in August their case was dismissed by the High Courts.

Quiz 聽力測驗

True or False? Tobacco companies and retailers that give consumers cardboard covers and stickers to hide graphic anti-smoking warnings could face charges.


True or False? One label production company says their sales have increased very quickly because people don」t want to see the disturbing graphics.


What has the Australian government banned on cigarette packaging?

They have banned all tobacco company logos and colours from packaging.

What is Australian」s plain-packaging policy?

The Australian plain-packaging policy only allows pictures and warnings of smoking-related diseases to be printed on cigarette packaging.

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