Legal does not mean unaccountable: suing tobacco companies to recover health care costs

Ross MacKenzie, Eric LeGresley and Mike Daube
Med J Aust 2017; 207 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/mja17.00310
Published online: 20 November 2017

It is time for legal action to recover health care costs from the tobacco industry

Australia’s 2011 precedent-setting plain packaging legislation1 reinforced the country’s reputation within the tobacco industry as “the darkest market in the world”.2 The country’s commitment to tobacco control, and a declining national smoking rate that is among the lowest in the world should not, however, mislead the public or policy makers into a mistaken belief that tobacco is done.

  • 1 Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • 3 Curtin University, Perth, WA



Ross MacKenzie is supported by the National Cancer Institute, US National Institutes of Health, grant no. R01-CA091021.

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