Health warnings on tobacco products: absolving the profiteer, punishing the victim: the ethics of australian legislation

Graham, Deborah G. (1998) Health warnings on tobacco products: absolving the profiteer, punishing the victim: the ethics of australian legislation. Health Care Analysis, 6 (2). pp. 131-140.

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Abstract

In recent years, health warnings on tobacco products have become compulsory through legislation introduced by the Australian government. This approach shows a lack of concern for tobacco consumers while allowing government to abdicate responsibility without jeopardising profit. The decision to warn people of inevitable addiction and disease (while protecting those who profit from such sales) fails to recognise previous research into adolescent attraction to deviance and the role of suggestion in cure and illness. The Australian government makes millions of dollars each year by taxing tobacco products—as long as these profits continue to be directed almost exclusively into consolidated revenue, smokers will remain victims of a system unconcerned with exploitation.

A version of this paper was presented at the 3rd Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Applied Ethics (1996).

Item ID: 12083
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-3394
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2010 02:40
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 100%
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