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Opinion: Privacy Regs Impact Anti-Smoking Efforts

PERSONAL PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

June 13, 2013

In an op-ed for The Sydney Morning Herald, Matt Wade highlights fears that privacy requirements prohibiting the publication of tobacco use information will impede the nation’s campaign to reduce smoking. “Last month's budget papers withheld the figures on tobacco excise to protect ‘taxpayer confidentiality’…The latest statistics released by the Tax Office also declined to publish specific tobacco excise information ‘to comply with privacy regulations’,” he writes. One public health professor notes, “It’s going to make it very, very difficult for us to evaluate important policy and program impacts.”
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