Qld govt accused of tobacco profits

The criticism came on World No Tobacco Day, a week after the state was awarded the AMA’s Dirty Ashtray Award for the jurisdiction deemed to have done the least to combat smoking .

Heart Foundation health director Rachelle Foreman said unlike other states, it continued to invest in tobacco companies through the Queensland Investment Corporation.

A spokesman for Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the government had allocated $1.9 million to a ‘quit smoking’ hotline and would announce $400,000 for a campaign aimed at young women.

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