The long-awaited decision of a World Trade Organisation panel on Australia’s decision to enforce standardised packaging on tobacco products has been ‘imminent’ for years. While the wait goes on, governments across multiple continents – including Africa, Asia and Europe – are introducing plain packaging legislation at an increasingly swift rate. While this suggests that the tobacco industry’s fight to hold back the spread of plain packaging is on the ropes, the anti-plain packaging lobby has not given up yet.

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