Aussies ban cigarette packet branding

Chris Wheal
burning cigarette on Marlboro packet
burning cigarette on Marlboro packet

Australia has banned branding on cigarette packets, forcing the fag fabricators to use sell their ciggies in plain olive green packets. They aim to cut smoking and save health service – and taxpayers' – cash.

What would life be like here without the classic red and white of Marlboro, the gold of Benson & Hedges and the purple sash of Silk Cut? All those brands could go up in smoke.