- 3 updates
Australia has seen a "huge growth of illicit and illegal tobacco" since plain cigarette packaging was introduced, a retail expert told Good Morning Britain.
Jeff Rogut, from the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores said there had been a "dramatic shift" towards cheaper brands as well as customers choosing to buy illegal cigarettes, which could contain more toxins than regular ones.
Smoking giant British American Tobacco has hit out at fresh calls for the Government to enforce plain packaging on cigarettes and warned removing recognisable labelling "plays into the hands of criminals".
Doctors have urged the Government to force the cigarette industry to only use plain packaging on their products, according to a letter published in a leading medical journal.
Writing to the BMJ, the letter calls on the Coalition to start the legislating for plain cigarette packaging by publishing draft regulations before next year's general election.
Parliament voted overwhelming in support of plain packaging after the findings of the Cyril Chantler review were published.
However, no measures have been announced two months on from the vote and there was no mention of plain cigarette packaging in the Queen's speech.