Tobacco Institute of Australia

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The Tobacco Institute of Australia (TIA) was an industry association analogous to the Tobacco Institute in the United States. It was established in 1978 and represented the major tobacco companies active in Australia. The TIA was a National Manufacturers Association (NMA)—a group representing joint tobacco industry interests, whose purpose was, in part, to create a united front for individual manufacturers. The TIA was involved in lobbying to prevent or restrain anti-smoking legislation, represent the tobacco industry's response to media and newspapers on smoking issues and to represent the interests of the tobacco industry in public, legislative and regulatory arenas.

TIA (Doc Index) Archive documents
Donna Staunton
Richard J Mulcahy
other cases
Rolah McCabe case


After its formation and until 1983, the TIA helped build strong international pro-tobacco industry networks via the International Committee on Smoking Issues (ICOSI)/INFOTAB and the American Tobacco Institute, and worked to defend then-existing tobacco industry freedoms. The time from 1983 to 1989 was the TIA’s most aggressive period, led primarily by John Dollisson. From 1989 to 1994, following the decision in Australian Federation of Consumer Organisations vs TIA, local and international industry lawyers assumed control. Between 1994 and 1997 a brief revival led into the TIA's decline, and then dissolution.[1]

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External links

  • Ben Mitchell, "Legal Threat Deters researchers", The Age, October 22, 1996.


  1. S.M. Carter Cooperation and control: the Tobacco Institute of Australia Tobacco Control 2003;12 (Supplement 3):iii54-iii60; doi:10.1136/tc.12.suppl_3.iii54