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dateline: 22 November 2011

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Cigarette Giant Sues Australian Government

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • sue: to take a person or group to court about a legal issue
  • graphic: very detailed
  • font: the size or style of type
  • fake: not real
  • flood: to fill up
  • legislation: law (or proposed law)

Cigarette Giant Sues Australian Government

Philip Morris, one of the world’s largest companies, is suing the Australian government for its plain cigarette packaging law. By December 2012, all tobacco products in will be sold in plain brown packaging. Cigarette packages will have graphic images warning of health concerns related to smoking. No or trademarks will be allowed, and brand names will be noted in plain font. Philip Morris claims that fake brands will flood the market and of dollars will be lost due to the plain packaging. According to the tobacco giant, the Australian government has passed the legislation without that it will be effective in reducing smoking. In Australia it is already illegal to smoke in public buildings and to display tobacco products publicly in shops.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is Philip Morris?
  2. What will happen in Australia at the end of next year?
  3. What is currently illegal at Australian shops?

Discussion Question: In 2005, the World Health Organization asked countries to adopt plain packaging for tobacco products. Do you think other countries will follow in Australia’s footsteps? Do you think plain packaging will reduce smoking in the countries that pass this law?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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