Australian smokers and vapers will soon have a new round of rules to contend with new crackdowns on the way.
In a bid to disincentivise smoking and vaping, Health Minister Mark Butler announced further controls on Wednesday to coincide with World No Tobacco Day.
These new amendments include limiting the use of ‘appealing’ names which imply reduced harm, standardising tobacco packets and improving the graphic warnings on packaging.
As a result tobacco packets will all look the same, contain the same amount of product and have health promotion inserts in all pouches.
There will be a further crackdown on advertising which will extend to vaping, while transparency surrounding sales volumes will be promoted.
Mr Butler said: ‘Tobacco use is estimated to claim the lives of about 20,000 Australians every year – more than 50 Australians every day.
‘This legislation will enable the next generation of reform to help us fight