High court rules in favour of tobacco plain packaging

The legal victory means all cigarettes and tobacco products will have to be sold in drab olive-brown packs from December.

Large graphic health warnings will dominate the packs and the manufacturers' brand names – such as Camel or Winfield Blue – will be written in a small generic font.

Although the court handed down its decision on Wednesday the reasons for judgment won't be revealed until later in the year.

British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International, Philip Morris and Imperial Tobacco Australia argued in April that plain packaging was unconstitutional because it "extinguished" their