Cuba launches challenge to Australian tobacco laws at WTO

Cuba has filed its first legal challenge with the World Trade Organization, joining the fight against Australia’s tough tobacco packaging laws, the Geneva-based trade body announced Monday.

Australia banned cigarette logos in December and started requiring packs to be plain olive green with graphic health warnings, Reuters reports. It was seen as a precedent for others considering a similar move, including the European Union, India, Norway, South Korea, New Zealand and Canada.

By filing the complaint, Cuba has triggered a 60-day window for Australia to try to resolve the problem in talks with the communist country. After that Cuba could ask the WTO to appoint a panel of adjudicators to judge its complaint, Reuters reports.

Similar complaints against the laws have been filed by Ukraine, Honduras and Dominican Republic, Reuters reports.

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