March 24, 2012 - Amy Corderoy, The Sidney Morning Herald
Australia's plain-pack laws are pivotal in the global battle to cut smoking, writes Amy Corderoy.
The troops are rallying. And as their tiny general takes the stage, the feeling of victory in the air is palpable.
Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organisation, will fight this battle to the death.
She addresses her enemy: ''You run a killing and intimidating industry, but not in a crush-proof box. The number and fortitude of your public health enemies will damage your health - tobacco industry.''
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Her army, equipped with research papers and funding grants, gathered this week for the World Conference on Tobacco or Health.
And all their eyes are on Australia.