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No increase in Australia’s illicit tobacco trade is seen after plain packs are introduced

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1781 (Published 01 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1781
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

No increase has been seen in illicit or contraband tobacco use in Sydney since Australia introduced plain packaging legislation, researchers say.

The study, presented this week at the annual scientific meeting of the Thoracic Society for Australia and New Zealand, was based on two surveys of discarded cigarette packs that were carried out 12 months apart in Sydney.1

Australia brought in plain packaging of tobacco products alongside larger, graphic health …

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