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.