Australia's anti-tobacco measures applauded by UN health agencyListen /
Tobacco products kill about six million people around the world each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
To prevent these deaths, Australia has passed a law that requires cigarettes and other tobacco products to be sold in plain packaging with warnings against smoking.
The law is to come into effect in December this year.
A legal challenge by the tobacco industry has been dismissed by Australia's High Court, a decision that has been strongly welcomed by the United Nations health agency.
Derrick Mbatha discussed this development with WHO spokesman Glenn Thomas on the line from Geneva.