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Australia prepares blueprint to make cigarettes ‘ugly and tasteless’ to reduce smoking habits

The Australian health department has decided to ban all flavours in cigarettes and has urged tobacco companies to produce cigarettes with ugly colours and unattractive packaging.

By wasmulhaq 
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Sydney: It is an old saying that bad habits don’t go away easily. The same is true for cigarette addiction. Smoking is linked to several dangerous diseases like cancer, tuberculosis, breathing problems, and so on. Despite these negative issues, people continue to smoke. Why? It is a million-dollar question.

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Notably, the Australian health department has been applying different ideas so that people give up smoking easily. To reduce the number of smokers in the country, it has decided to ban all flavours in cigarettes and has urged tobacco companies to produce cigarettes with ugly colours and unattractive packaging.

The Australian health authority has taken this decision with the aim of attaining a national daily smoking frequency of less than 10 percent by 2025, in just three years, and five percent or less by 2030, according to Mark Butler, the health minister who talked about the country’s plans.

Mark Butler further said the idea is to target the cigarettes that are within the packet; therefore, the nation wants to move beyond plain packaging.

He said that the tobacco industry has innovated, but “we want to remove the edge that the tobacco industry has attempted to acquire for itself,”

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According to Mark Butler, he wants to be engaged in the final designs while also taking nods from nations like Canada.

The proposed modifications will include the use of unusual colours for cigarettes, the direct placement of health warnings on cigarettes, the standardisation of cigarette size and shape, and the banning of additives in cigarettes.

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