18 Sep 2011

New health warning images displayed

6:14 am on 18 September 2011

The federal government in Australia has displayed new graphic health warnings it intends to put on cigarette packets as part of a campaign against smoking.

Pictures of diseased body parts, sickly babies and dying people will cover 75% of each packet when new plain packaging legislation comes into effect next year.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon says the images are confronting.

She says it is time to replace the old images so smokers do not become desensitised to the pictures.

The ABC reports 14 images will ultimately be in the new set.

Under new plain packaging laws, tobacco industry logos, brand imagery, colours and promotional text will be banned, with the packaging background in a standard drab olive green colour.

The government plans to introduce them by next July.