New Zealand is set to introduce plain packaging of all tobacco products.
The move was announced yesterday by the Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia, despite the news that tobacco companies will take the Government to court over the new rules.
Currently tobacco kills around 5000 New Zealanders every year. The new laws will mean that pictures and colours will not be able to be used on packets.
New Zealanders could expect plain packs on shelves next year, once all the legal aspects have been sorted out.
Mrs Turia said the Health Ministry would begin policy work around the plans immediately.
It is believed that the legal challenge could cost between $3 million and $6 million of taxpayer money to defend.
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