By: Jeremy Johnson
Published: 27/08/2012
On 19 April 2012 the Hon Tariana Turia announced that the government had agreed in principle to move towards the introduction of a plain packaging regime for tobacco in alignment with that in Australia, which is due to come into force in December this year (www.beehive.govt.nz/release/moving-towards-plain-packaging-tobacco-products). The issue is currently going out for public consultation.  The Australian regime introduces rigorous requirements that will homogenise the packaging for tobacco products so as to (so the tobacco companies say) make them indistinguishable.

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