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Six Australians of the Year call for support on plain labelling for cigarette packets
Six Australians of the Year have signed an open letter calling on all political parties to commit to supporting the Federal Government's plan to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes.
Professors Peter Doherty, Fiona Wood, Fiona Stanley, Sir Gustav Nossal, Ian Frazer and Patrick McGorry have joined forces to condemn the tobacco industry's campaign against the initiative.
In an interview with ABC, Professor Doherty said he supports plain packaging to make cigarettes less attractive to young smokers.
"Basically I think the campaign for plain packaging is really to discourage young people from buying cigarettes."
In April, the Government announced Australia was set to become the first country in the world to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes.
From 2012, tobacco companies will only be allowed to print their brand name in a standard style and there will still be graphic health warnings on the packaging.
This is an extension of the work of Dick Smith, Australian of the Year 1986, who campaigned against the advertising of alcohol and cigarettes directed at young people, during his tour of honour in 1987.