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Smoking giant Philip Morris wants to introduce a new tobacco product in Australia: heated “sticks” it claims are an alternative to vaping and smoking that “produce fewer and/or lower ­levels of toxic chemicals than ­cigarettes”.

The heated tobacco products are legal in the US, the UK and other countries including New Zealand and Japan. The Therapeutic Goods Administration will decide if they can be sold here. Health Minister Greg Hunt has previously made it clear he does not support alternative tobacco products. [...]