South Africa is not the only nation following with intense interest the pending debut of a new weapon in the never-ending battle to conquer the smoking habit.
Australia is planning to compel tobacco firms to market cigarettes in plain brown packets, which will test studies suggesting that such action would result in fewer sales and consumption.
The new law is due to take effect in December, but, not surprisingly, the cigarette makers are launching a legal counter-attack. Whatever their case may be, for sure it will have nothing to do with health. But equally certain, that factor will form the backbone of the state’s response.