06:41am December 12, 2012
Goldcoast.com.au reports the following:
Company's answer to plain packaging lawsA GOLD Coast company has done what the tobacco industry could not -- cover up the confronting images on new plain-packaged cigarettes.
Box Wraps, based at Yatala, will today unveil a range of designs for a purpose-built sticker that wraps around cigarette packets in seconds.
You'd have to be simple not to have predicted this (Simon Chapman said it would never happen, natch). Plain packaging was always going to create commercial opportunities for those who make covers, stickers and cigarette cases. The only thing more predictable than this industry emerging is what the nanny state's response would be—and it took them less than 12 hours...
05:17pm December 12, 2012
Brisbane Times reports the following...
AMA wants stickers back in their boxThe Australian Medical Association has urged the federal government to ban stickers being sold to wrap around cigarette packets to sidestep tobacco plain packaging laws.
These people really only have one tune, don't they? Good luck banning stickers, guys.
The company's website, which sells the stickers on a subscription basis from $1.75, crashed under the demand this morning.