Philip Morris-sponsored articles in the Australian could breach tobacco advertising laws

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A series of Philip Morris-sponsored articles about vaping published in the Australian may breach national tobacco advertising promotion laws, public health advocates have said.The chief executive of the Australian Council on Smoking and Health, Maurice Swanson, said he would ask the commonwealth health department whether the articles breached the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992.“ACOSH believes these sponsored articles are advertising and clearly breach Australia’s national tobacco advertising and promotion laws,” Swanson told Guardian Australia.“They are part of a broader PR campaign by Philip Morris to undermine Australia’s cautionary approach to the regulation of heated tobacco products and e-cigarettes. Philip Morris is simply diversifying its range of nicotine products to ensure continuing addiction and maintain its profitability.”State and territory laws make the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-juice illegal throughout Australia, and its possession illegal everywhere but in South Australia.Swanson said Philip Morris was using the trojan horse of “tobacco harm reduction” to weaken public health legislation.“Fortunately, all state and federal governments and nearly all major health and medical organisations and medical colleges are implacably opposed to making these dangerous products available in Australia,” he said.Philip Morris International has paid News Corp Australia …

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