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Plain pack timetable will cause tobacco shortage, says BAT

Fri 5th August, 2011

A leading tobacco company says the Australian government's plain-packaging timetable will cause a national tobacco shortage. 

David Crow, managing director of BAT's wholly owned Australian subsidiary, told a federal parliamentary inquiry the vacuum would be filled by Indonesian and Chinese makers, who would flood the market with illicit cigarettes.

Legislation introduced in Australia last month seeks to force cigarette makers to use only plain packs from May 20 next year. The retail deadline is six weeks later with shops not allowed to sell branded cigarettes after July 1.

Source: The Age (5 August 2011)

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