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Plain packaging decisions ‘within days’


Proposed new packs are dull green, without any manufacturer branding

Plain packaging decisions ‘within days’
19-Feb 05:37

The Government is expected to announce decisions on plain packaging of cigarettes by the end of this week.

It agreed to the anti-smoking measure in principle in April last year but there have been concerns about legal action from the big tobacco companies.

Prime Minister John Key has confirmed the Cabinet discussed it on Monday.

“We will probably be in a position to announce what our next steps are within the next day or two,” he told reporters.

Plain packaging became compulsory in Australia on December 1.

Mr Key has previously said he doesn’t think there are any loopholes in New Zealand’s free trade agreements which would allow the tobacco companies to mount legal challenges.


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