Mixed Opinions Over Plain Packaging Laws

Australia will soon implement its new Tobacco Plain Packaging laws at the end of the year.
Photo courtesy of The Australian website

Smokers may not be ready to farewell their addictions when plain packet packaging laws are introduced in Australia this year.

The newest method to deter smokers was approved by the High Court on August 15 and will come into effect by December.

Mr Stafford Sanders of Action on Smoking and Health believes plain packet packaging is a stepping stone to reducing smoking rates.

“The tobacco industries have used words and colours to create the false impression for smokers that certain brands are safer,” he said.

“This will stop deceptive packaging and remove the positive associations.”

The newest legislation will ban commercial logos, forcing cigarettes to be sold in pain green packets.

While brand names will be printed in a standard font and size, large health warnings will dominate the packaging.

“Previously health warnings would blend into the packets,” said Sanders.

“Plain packaging will focus more on what is inside the packet than what is on it.”

While Mr Sanders is certain the new packaging will “deglamourize cigarettes in the eyes of young smokers”, youths dealing with addictions aren’t as confident.

Adara Enthaler, 18, believes the new packaging will only aid young smokers in concealing cigarettes.

“It might not stop kids,” she said.

“If it’s just a plain packet, it won’t be as noticeable.”

The university student says smoking should be a personal choice, regardless of deterrence methods.

Health warnings will dominate the new Australian packaging (above)
Photo courtesy of Mother Nature Network website

“I don’t think you can tell someone to stop smoking,” she said.

“It’s not always a great idea, but I don’t think anyone should be judged for smoking.”

Studies from Action on Smoking and Health Australia indicates tobacco kills approximately 15 000 Australians per year.

The 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey exposed 15 per cent of Australians were current daily smokers.

Enthaler admits in the past, health warnings have had an effect.

“I’m more aware [of health issues],” she said, adding that she smokes less.

However Ally Poultney, 18, says her smoking is an addiction.

“To truly understand how difficult it is living with an addiction, you have to be in the position of having an addiction,” she said.

Although aware of health risks, Poultney says her smoking a form of stress relief.

“It’s a kind of therapy,” she said, adding that it helps calm her down.

“I’ll definitely smoke more and feel more satisfied if I’m upset of stressed.”

Australia will see the full effects plain packet packaging have on smoking habits once they are nationally available.

The Australian Health Survey will continue to address the risk of smoking to people’s health.

The survey will run until 2013, providing a better understanding of current health in Australia.

It will address those at risk from smoking aims to estimate the prevalence of active and passive smoking.


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I’m Nicole Heather Langridge, a, 18 year old quirky and eager new University of Wollongong student. I’m studying a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) and Bachelor of Journalism. I hope to explore and advance on my creative writing skills over the next few years of this course as well as learn how to write from a Journalist perspective, which I am finding is very different. I can’t see myself doing anything career wise that isn’t writing orientated so I am hoping to expand my creativity and skills to different branches and styles of writing. The blog “Arts in the Community” will focus on just that! What I mean by this is that I hope to blog about different artistic examples in my local and surrounding communities. I think the attitude and attention paid to the arts in the community is a little lower than what it deserves and is often past over as amateur. I hope that with my blog I can explore and discover the underside to this unique community the diverse activities that occur from productions to exhibitions to the opinions of those directly involved in these areas. My new stories will focus on upcoming artistic events that are happening in the surrounding areas such as annual Playwriting Festivals, new theatre productions, and upcoming exhibitions. Accompanying these stories will be profiles on those directly involved in these events being uncovered such as performers or directors, focusing on their experiences in the arts and their opinions of it on contemporary society.

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