News

Where are my cigarettes? They're in that olive green box...

Sales Representative Amber Britton talks about plain packaging cigarettes.
Sales Representative Amber Britton talks about plain packaging cigarettes. Christopher Chan GLA301112CIGS

GONE is the allure of sophisticated, care-free smoking as new laws on plain packaged cigarettes comes into effect today.

The new legislation includes the prohibition of brand imagery and promotional text on tobacco products and packaging.

All cigarettes in Australia will now be sold in olive green packaging with confrontational health warnings covering about 75% of the package.

Warren Lynam

Reports that plain packaged cigarettes taste different have been rejected by tobacco companies and have highlighted the power of branding.

Imperial Tobacco Australia, which makes Peter Stuyvesant, Davidoff, Horizon and Camel, was reported stating the company had "not changed any of our tobacco products".

The national government has rejected the notion that plain packaging increases handling time.

Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek yesterday said that the Gillard Government would not allow tobacco companies to use retailers as pawns in their fight against plain packaging.

"The government has had complaints from retailers that one of the large tobacco manufacturers is not accepting the return of non-compliant stock," Ms Plibersek said.

"Instances of potential non-compliance will be considered on a case by case basis and there are a range of measures that can be used. But there will be an emphasis on education in the first instance."

A local perspective

IN HER role as a service station attendant, Amber Britton will become familiar selling plain packaged cigarettes.

"I haven't had to unpack them yet but it is very hard to find which packet you're after when they're all green packets," she said.

Ms Britton believes the product is different.

"I don't think a lot of people will continue smoking. Just for the fact that I'm a smoker and I think they taste different," she said.

"I don't know why."

Plain packaging

  • Unattractive packets
  • More health warnings
  • Reports of tasting different and increased handling time

Facebook comments

Debra Louise Dawes: I think it's good, but I don't think it will stop people from smoking. It is an addiction. I was a smoker and I know how hard it is to stop. I had no choice. I did it for my baby.

Nicky Gourley: I don't think it will make any difference. I'm not a smoker but as a comparison I love chocolate. If they started putting photos of morbidly obese people on the packaging it would not deter me from still eating it.

Tamara Seiler: My partner smokes and he told me that it will honestly make no difference to the amount he smokes.

Stephen Snell: What I have found so far is it slows the purchasing process as the person behind counter has to read the packet to ensure customer is getting what they want. And I am a non-smoker

Jenn Russell: I'm a smoker and I don't even notice the pictures on the packs. I know the risk involved in smoking and it's my choice to smoke. Don't like it too bad! I don't tell anyone else what to do or not to do in their lives!

Julie-Anne Schulz: Makes no difference to me at all with the flavour or packaging colour. Even the pictures don't bother me! Nice try Roxon!

Have your say by voting in our poll and commenting below

Topics:  cigarettes health warning plain packaging smoking



10 best street art spots to take an Insta selfie

IF YOU are in need of a few trendy new Instagram snaps, then get your phone and selfie-stick ready and head to Brisbane.

Where to find the best coffee

Strauss is known for its superb brew.

COFFEE snobbery is at an all-time high.

Theatre royalty graces Brisbane stage

Don't miss Charles Edwards in this incredible theatre performance.

WHEN acting royalty comes to town, you sit up and take notice.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Gladstone's Islamic Centre approval hits final stage

IN THE MAKING: The Gladstone Regional Council have received a development application for the construction of an Islamic Centre Anson Cl,  near Toolooa State High School.

The public has 15 business days to make submissions for or against

Ice-addicted drug dealer claims jail saved his life

A court heard the man had overcome his ice addiction while in jail.

TEXT messages showing a planned ice deal were found on his phone

'Major concern': Gladstone industry needs new coal power plant

NEW PLANT? Gladstone's industry desperately needs another one soon, according to one industry leader.

INDUSTRY leader believes cheaper electricity is needed to save jobs.

Local Partners

3D printers that make human body parts are almost here

CREATING human body parts with 3D printers seems like something out of a 80s film and it's headed our way.

'I wasn't naked': Blanca Blanco speaks out

Blanca Blanco arriving at the 89th Academy Awards. Picture: Ian West/PA WireSource:AAP

"It was a nude colour, it matches my skin, so I wasn’t naked.''

‘IT’S A LITTLE SAD’: Trump makes Oscars bungle all about him

US President Donald Trump claims Hollywood's elite were too busy mocking him to pay attention on Oscars night.

Donald Trump ‘explains’ Oscars stuff up.

Lama and Sarah’s ‘epic’ MKR fail

My Kitchen Rules contestants Lama and Sarah.

Tempers flare as Lebanese feast turns into an epic fail.

Oscars 2017: How did biggest award get stuffed up?

Presenter Warren Beatty shows the envelope with the actual winner for best picture as host Jimmy Kimmel, left, looks on at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The winner was originally announced as La La Land, but was later corrected to Moonlight.

'Guys in headsets starting buzzing around. They took the envelope.'

Lisa Curry can't marry her fiance

Lisa Curry breaks down in the jungle.

Lisa Curry says she can’t get married to her fiance

The true cause of the Oscars bungle

Faye Dunaway, left, and Warren Beatty present the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Oscars ended with a moment that left everyone speechless.

Casino boss loses $4m on waterfront Sunshine Coast home

The owner of this stunning Noosa home accepted much less than he had initially wanted for the home.

When illness struck owner forced to try and cash out of property

Price drop as Gladstone's best suburbs to buy a house revealed

Aerial View overlooking Kin Kora residential area, Gladstone.



Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

HUGE price drop in a select few Gladstone suburbs reveals best buys.

Loaded Chinese family excited about buying Heron Island

The Heron Island Wedding Expo is set to offer people a great chance to get all the information they need on having a luxurious Heron Island Wedding. Photo Contributed

The long-term future of the resort and improvements were discussed.

Mining homes dive: $600k homes sell for $120k-$300k

18 Yeates Street, Moranbah sold for $135,000 in December, after being repossessed by a bank. The owners bought for $545,000 in August, 2011.

The economy still has two speeds, but with a painful twist

Mackay's property market climbing like a Rocket Man

Renewed confidence in Mackay means more homes are being snapped up by those eager to plant their roots in the region.

There's movement in the real estate sector and it's all positive.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!