The UK government is "putting business interests in front of public health", the man instrumental in bringing about cigarette packaging reforms in Australia said today.
Simon Chapman, a professor of public health at the University of Sydney told BBC Radio 4's World At One programme:
I think the British Government are being very disingenuous in saying let's see what happens in Australia.
It's going to probably take them a good many years to see whether or not there has been an accelerated downturn.
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