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GENEVA (Reuters) - Tough tobacco packaging laws implemented by Australia are a legitimate public health measure, according to a World Trade Organization dispute panel ruling reported by Bloomberg news.

It cited two people close to the situation as saying the panel had rejected a case made by Cuba, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Indonesia, which argued the laws constituted illegal barriers to trade.

The ruling is not expected to be published until July, but a confidential draft has been circulated to parties in the case, Bloomberg reported.

The four countries will have the chance to appeal.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; editing by John Stonestreet)

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