Last week Ashton de Silva and I published a working paper on SSRN critiquing the Tobacco Control papers on plain packaging.
On Friday the Victorian Cancer Council responded. Ashton and I will closely examining their press release – but in the meantime I want to point out this irregularity:
Contrary to the statement by Davidson and de Silva (page 15), this analysis [the Post-Implementation Review] did control for several major tax increases that occurred in Australia prior to the implementation of the tobacco plain packaging policy and during one and two years afterwards …
Two very small problems:
- Our paper isn’t about the PIR at all – we don’t mention it or discuss it.
- Our page 15 says nothing of the sort.
Our page 15 contains the overflow from a table on page 14.
Makes you wonder what paper they are reading? Who are they quoting? What document do they have? What quality control measures do they have in place?