'Bully' tobacco firm wants to get inside kids' heads

A GLOBAL tobacco giant is using freedom of information laws to "bully" a cancer charity into handing over taxpayer-funded research showing what Australian kids think about smoking.

Cancer Council Victoria is fighting the attempt by British American Tobacco (BAT) to access data from the council’s Australian Secondary Students' Alcohol and Drug Survey.

"We are doing everything we can," says CEO Todd Harper.

Mr Harper and other public health figures are concerned the London tobacco giant will use the information to boost marketing and guide pricing.

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