Study finds that plain packaging actually boosted tobacco consumption in Australia

In December 2012, Australia became the first country to introduce regulations for the plain packaging of tobacco products as part of its bid to come into line with many European nations when it comes to strictly controlling and reducing tobacco consumption. With the provisions, the Australian government had hoped to make tobacco products less attractive to potential smokers by preventing...

#WTO – EU, US and Japan agree on new ways to strengthen global rules on #IndustrialSubsidies

In a Joint Statement issued today (14 January), representatives of the European Union, the United States and Japan announced their agreement to strengthen existing rules on industrial subsidies and condemned forced technology transfers practices. In a meeting held in Washington, DC, the EU, US and Japan agreed that the current list of subsidies prohibited under the World Trade Organization’s...