Kristine L Ming

How Australia is stubbing out smoking

The cost of a packet of cigarettes in Australia will reach AUD$40 (24) by 2020Image copyright
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Australia was the first country in the world to introduce mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products – and the UK will have followed suit by May this year. But will any country copy Australia’s plan to keep increasing taxes until a packet of cigarettes costs AUD$40 (£24)?

It’s not easy being a smoker in Australia.

The smoking bans started inside – in workplaces, bars and restaurants – and moved out.

“Smokers would congregate on footpaths and near public transport creating clouds of smoke – what we call ‘smoking hotspots’,” says Mark Driver, Sydney’s Park and Recreation Planner.

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