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Saudi Arabia tells WTO it plans to adopt plain tobacco packaging

Staff Writer |
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.

Hungary, Ireland, France, New Zealand, Norway and Britain have also brought in plain packaging laws, while another seven countries have passed laws yet to be implemented - Burkina Faso, Canada, Georgia, Romania, Slovenia, Thailand and Uruguay.

Saudi Arabia did not say when it proposed to introduce the new rules but it is set to become the first country in its region to do so.

“There’s no other Gulf country that has implemented plain packaging, and we’re not aware of any other Gulf country looking to implement at the moment,” WHO spokesman Paul Garwood said.

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