In the wake of last week’s High Court’s decision to uphold the Government’s law mandating that cigarettes be sold in plain olive-coloured green boxes, all the players have behaved exactly as you would have expected.

Death isn't preventable, just postponable

The Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and Health Minister Tanya Plibersek put out a mawkish press release which described the ruling as “a victory for all those families who have lost someone to a tobacco-related illness.’’

“For anyone who has ever lost someone, this is for you,’’  it said in a line which, with a bit of tweaking, might have made a pretty good slogan for a cigarette.

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  • Smokin' says:

    02:51pm | 21/08/12

    @Reziah - I’m a smoker who religiously smokes in designated smokers areas and steers clear of non-smokers. As you very eloquently said - We smokers have a right to smoke -  but I believe that non-smokers have the right to not have our smoke blown in their faces. I’m glad… Read more »

  • Domenic Greco says:

    11:07am | 21/08/12

    First is NOT illegal for children to buy cigarettes….Its just illegal for a retailer to sell them to them. Unlike alcohol all the onus is left to the retailer to be the detective and work out who can buy and who cant.  Here is an idea that WILL make… Read more »


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