Tobacco: Senators blast lobbyist’s tobacco ‘link’

08 Mar 2021 - Alcohol & Tobacco

The National Retail Association has shrugged off claims it misled the Senate inquiry into e-cigarettes, saying it is not legally required to disclose who funded its campaign that supported Philip Morris’ position on vaping. National Retail was the target of furious exchanges in the Senate as members of the Tobacco Harm Reduction inquiry cited revelations in The Australian Financial Review that tobacco giant Philip Morris had secretly channelled money to fund the campaign to legalise vaping. ‘‘They gave a misleading submission to our inquiry because they fundamentally declined, and I would say covered-up, the fact that they had received very substantial funding from big tobacco,’’ Liberal senator Sarah Henderson told the Senate.

Australian Financial Review; 08/03/2021; Page 10​