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This article is part of the Tobacco portal on Sourcewatch funded from 2006 - 2009 by the American Legacy Foundation.

Austria is a country in the center of Europe, bordering Germany to the north and Italy to the south, with a population of 8.1 million and capital city of Vienna. [1]

Tobacco industry involvement in Austria

A Philip Morris matrix/chart lists "to-do" type tasks for the company to address secondhand smoke issues in Europe. Tasks listed include "Restore Smoker Confidence," "Reverse Health Perception," "Establish/Maintain/Exploit Smoker Clubs," "Resist Smoking Restriction" and others. Check boxes are provided for the countries of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Saudi, Kuwait GCC [Gulf Council Countries], Turkey, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.[2]


The BBC says of the country's media:

Austria's public broadcaster, Oesterreichischer Rundfunk (ORF), has long-dominated the airwaves. Lately, it has faced growing competition for audiences from private broadcasters, particularly in Vienna. Private broadcasting in Austria is a relatively recent phenomenon.
Cable or satellite are available in most Austrian homes and are often used to watch German stations, some of which tailor their output for the Austrian audience.[3]


  • Alfred Gusenbauer, Chancellor, leads coalition government of centre-left Social Democrats (SPO) and the conservative People's Party
  • Heinz Fischer, President, a mostly ceremonial position



  1. Austria, National Geographic, accessed February 2008.
  2. Philip Morris Overall Plan Matrix Chart/graph. August 9, 1988. Bates No. 2501046475
  3. Country profile: Austria, BBC, accessed February 2008.

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