Tobacco's Plain Packaging Deters Australia's SmokersIn 2012, Australia began requiring all tobacco packs to no longer have logos, trademarks, pictures or colors. Instead, the packages contain graphic health warnings. Several studies report that Australia's smoking rates have dropped significantly since the packaging changes.
■Class discussion: Would such packaging lower U.S. smoking rates? Is it likely that the United States would adopt plain packaging? Why or why not? Tobacco companies spend millions of dollars trying to stop any sales restrictions, including threatening small, poorer nations with devastating lawsuits. Are the companies just defending themselves or subverting the will of the public? Why or why not?