Yesterday I highlighted some of the problems for the anti-smoking nanny staters in the latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey.
It gets worse.
Before I get to that, let’s just remind ourselves what the nanny-staters are claiming:
The survey was taken before the December 2013 price rise – the only major factor that would explain this is the introduction of plain packaging.
The entire difference between 2010 and 2013 is being attributed to the plain packaging policy. Okay. Here is Simon Chapman again:
This is the biggest drop I’ve ever seen. This is champagne-cork pulling time.
Yes. Well. Okay – so how then do we explain the increase in the percentage of daily smokers aged 12 – 17? (See table 3).
If I recall correctly plain packaging was specifically designed to prevent the uptake of smoking amongst children. Yet we see “the definitive National Drug Strategy Household Survey” showing that the incidence of smoking amongst children aged 12 – 17 has increased.
Best Chapman put that champagne away.
(HT: Dick Puddlecote.)