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Philip Morris calls for HTPs to be made legal in Australia

Philip Morris has submitted an application to the Advisory Committee on Chemicals Scheduling (ACCS), calling for laws to be amended to allow the sale of heated tobacco products (HTPs) in Australia.

The application requests legalisation of the sale of nicotine in “tobacco prepared and packed for heating” and is based on the company’s findings that HTPs produce lower levels of toxic chemicals than cigarettes.

Currently in Australia, only nicotine in “tobacco prepared and packed for smoking” can be sold legally.

An independent committee of scientific experts will review the application, managed by Australia’s medicines and chemical regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

“Unlike cigarettes, heated tobacco products do not burn tobacco and are a better alternative for people who would otherwise continue to smoke. Smokers who switch to scientifically substantiated heated tobacco products can significantly reduce their exposure to many of the toxic chemicals found in cigarette smoke. While not risk free, they are a better alternative to continued smoking,” Philip Morris Limited managing director, Tammy Chan said in a statement on Friday.

Philip Morris said the application is based on years of scientific research and studies. The findings have led the company to believe that switching completely to heated tobacco products, “while not risk free, is a better alternative than continued smoking”.

“It is undeniable that the best thing a smoker can do is to quit tobacco and nicotine altogether. However, the Australian Government’s own figures show that smoking rates in Australia have remained ‘relatively similar’ since 2014 despite the world’s toughest tobacco control measures,” Chan said.

“Through our regulatory application to the government, via the TGA, we wish to provide all Australians who would otherwise continue smoking with access to science-based better alternatives to cigarettes.”

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