Australia - new Prime Minister Julia Gillard..

June 24, 2010

On Thursday, June 24, 2010 Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was replaced by the 27th Prime Minister of Australia and the first first female prime minister in Australia's history Julia Gillard.

We wonder if the latest tobacco control policy that Mr. Rudd announced will remain in place.

On April 29, 2010 Australia became the world-leader in tobacco control when Prime Minister Rudd announced the tax on cigarettes would increase by 25 percent from midnight tonight (adding about $2.16 to a pack of 30 cigarettes) and that tobacco companies would be required to use plain packaging from July 1, 2012.

It has been stated that Mr. Rudd's had a tendency to announce rather than consult on policy irked some. Julia Gillard' has promised to take a more consultative approach to policymaking.

Julia Gillard's full press conference - Video

Tobacco use is currently the single-biggest preventable cause of death and disease in Australia. National Preventative Health Taskforce 2009

Reference: Rudd Steps Down as Prime Minister of Australia by MERAIAH FOLEY, New York Times, 6-23-2010.