STUBBING OUT A GLOBAL MENACE: Anti-smoking measures

Australia: Plain packaging, bans, high prices pay off

No-smoking signs can be seen across Australia, at shopping centres, beaches and cafes, and around public buildings.
No-smoking signs can be seen across Australia, at shopping centres, beaches and cafes, and around public buildings.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN PEARLMAN

A 20-cigarette packet of Marlboro Gold, or Lights, typically costs A$29.95 (S$29).

Australia has adopted some of the world's toughest anti-smoking measures in recent years, including plain packaging laws and bans on smoking in public places, and these appear to have paid off.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 06, 2019, with the headline 'Plain packaging, bans, high prices pay off'. Print Edition | Subscribe