Tobacco promotions in The Australian slammed by Medical Association

“The actions of the tobacco industry in manipulating statistics and engaging in dirty tricks marketing are deplorable – and should not be promoted or encouraged” says Professor Brian Owler.

“The smoking debate is not about politics or ideology, it is about life and death.  Smoking kills – the evidence is in and has been for a long time.  Actions that stop people smoking save millions of lives around the world, and improve the lives and quality of life of millions more.  Doctors see the horrific harms caused by smoking every day in surgeries and operating theatres, and it’s not pretty. We have to stop people throwing their lives and health away.  As a modern responsible society, we must do all we can to help or convince people to stop smoking for the sake of their health and the health of others.  We have come a long way, but there is still so much more to do.  The key statistic is that the number of smokers in Australia fell in 2013 by 1.4 per cent (ABS).  The AMA urges the Government to restate its support for the plain packaging laws and tobacco control generally, and we urge The Australian and other media to stop giving Big Tobacco a free ride in promoting its killer products”
Professor Brian Owler, June 17, 2014.

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Posted: Monday 23 June 2014