Saudi Arabia tells WTO it plans to adopt plain tobacco packaging


GENEVA (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia notified the World Trade Organization on Wednesday that it plans to adopt plain packaging of tobacco products, a public health measure strongly opposed by major tobacco firms.

The move by Saudi Arabia, a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council trade bloc, follows a WTO ruling in June in favor of Australian packaging laws in what was seen as a test case for tobacco control.

Cuba, Indonesia, Honduras and Dominican Republic had tried to block Australia’s laws at the WTO, arguing that its ban on colorful logos and its standardized drab olive packets were a…



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