Crikey readers have their say on asset sales, Malcolm Turnbull and tobacco plain packaging
In Australia the pharmaceutical industry stands to benefit from tens of millions of dollars of public money for smoking cessation medication through PBS subsidies. Marita Hefler reports.
It's been about a decade since anyone admitted it but someone has finally gone on the record to make the connection between right-wing think tank the Institute of Public Affairs and Big Tobacco.
Pokies industry donations for 2010-11 got a brief mention in yesterday’s coverage and they certainly make for interesting reading when totalled up.
What does the new Health Minister Tanya Plibersek think of Nicola Roxon’s promise to halve the prevalence of indigenous smoking by 2018, asks associate professor David Thomas?
Australia leads the world in many areas of public health but the Federal Government could be negotiating our achievements away, according to Dr Patricia Ranald.
The tobacco industry is unlike any other donor as its products kill people – but this has not stopped all parties from accepting their generous donations. And it didn't stop Bronwyn Bishop harassing witnesses at a Joint Standing Committee inquiry last week, writes Anne Jones.
It’s just a bit rich for the tobacco industry’s allies to be talking about "quality control" and "regulatory oversight" of a product that kills in the order of 20,000 Australians a year, writes Bill King, a public health researcher.