Restrict online tobacco advertising, MPs urged

THE Cancer Council has called on federal MPs to support the restriction of online advertising of tobacco products and mandate plain packages for cigarette packages, under a five-point plan to cut the recruitment of young smokers.

Cancer Council Australia CEO Professor Ian Olver said the Government’s 2010 increase in tobacco tax, along with a subsidy for nicotine patches and a media campaign were all important steps in cutting the recruitment of smokers, but added that there was still more to be done.

Professor Olver appealed to parliament to legislate further laws limiting online tobacco advertising and mandating plain packages.  

“Hopefully Australia’s parliamentarians will unanimously put public health before the interests of an industry whose profitability inevitably leads to high levels of preventable cancer death,” he said.