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Kevin Rudd welcomes Australian new cigarette packet law

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Australia is to force tobacco companies to use plain cigarette packaging carrying graphic health warnings.

From July 2012, manufacturers would be required to drop all colour and branding logos from cigarette packets.

The plan, billed as a world-first, comes after recommendations were made by the World Health Organisation.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said tobacco companies would hate the measure but he said the government made no apologies.

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