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Government plans to file plain-pack bill in June

Health Minister Bent Hoeie told an Oslo conference the government will submit a bill to parliament in June to remove branding from tobacco products, said the news agency Bloomberg.

Norway had promised an announcement on plain packaging on 31 May, designated World No Tobacco Day by the World Health Organisation. This year’s them is the adoption of plain packaging. New Zealand also announced it would revive a plain packaging proposal it shelved in 2013 to await resolution of legal issues.

Countries that have passed uniform packaging laws include Australia, which in 2011 became the first country to do so, Ireland, Britain and France.

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