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Australia is the first country to ban branding on cigarette packets

10 November 2011 Last updated at 16:15 GMT

Australia has come a step closer to banning all branding on cigarettes.

The Senate has just passed a law requiring cigarettes be sold in plain packaging, together with images of people suffering from smoking-related illnesses.

The bill goes to the lower house next, but tobacco companies say they will continue to fight it, as it infringes their trademarks.

Duncan Kennedy reports from Sydney.