Elements of this campaign include propaganda, intimidation and attempts to discredit the scientific evidence supporting plain packaging.
Many journalists are aware of these tactics but it may not be obvious to others that the industry is behind what purports to be independent research supporting the tobacco industry’s position. Predictions of economic disaster resulting from plain packaging also originate from the industry.
The Australian government has resisted the bullying of the industry. We should do the same.
Our children and our grandchildren would not thank us for doing otherwise.
Chair, Policy Group on Tobacco,