Expert says ‘good riddance’ as tobacco giant quits Australia
Philip Morris’ decision to quit manufacturing in Australia shouldn’t come as a surprise for an industry that is increasingly on the nose, a public health expert says.
University of Sydney Professor of Public Health Simon Chapman compared the tobacco industry with past and previously legal trades.
‘What we are seeing here is the 21st century’s equivalent of what happened to the perfectly legal slave, opium and child labour trades in the 19th century,’ Prof Chapman told AAP.
‘Those industries declined as people came to see them differently. Civilised society cheered and said good riddance.’