U.K. Government Passes 'plain Packaging' Law For Cigarettes

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The U.K. government on Wednesday passed a law that will ban branding on cigarette packs starting in 2016, Dow Jones reported. The "plain packaging" law won 367 votes in favor in the House of Commons to 113 against. That means that cigarette packs will be sold in y uniform packages without any logos or colors, and will carry pictures and messages warning smokers of the dire health risks associated with smoking. Australia was the first country to introduce a "plain packaging" law in 2012. Ireland passed a law in early March.

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