Category Archives: Plain Packaging

Christopher Snowdon: Smoking rate rises in first year of plain packaging and TPD

The Office for National Statistics has just released its annual publication, Adult Smoking Habits in Great Britain, with data for 2017. 2017 was the year that plain packaging and the Tobacco Products Directive effectively began. Both were introduced in May 2016 … Continue reading

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Australian government rubbishes government data

After the Wakefield survey results turned out to be unconvincing, the Australian government had another problem in demonstrating the efficacy of its plain packaging policy. Many government data sets showed that the prevalence or incidence of smoking had increased after … Continue reading

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WTO rules on plain packaging evidence

After the WTO plain packaging result was leaked last year – Australia won the case – it has taken a long time to actually release the reasoning. That happened yesterday our time. The judgement is over 800 pages long, but … Continue reading

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Damn immigrants

As Cats well know I’ve loathed foreigners ever since I became a citizen myself. Not only do they come here and take our jobs, marry our women, buy our houses, and breathe our air, but now it seems they smoke … Continue reading

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Is Butt-squad a new reality TV show …

… or is it political elites covering their butts? The government will be announcing a new law-enforcement program on Tuesday night. The Turnbull government has unveiled a plan to recover billions of dollars being lost to federal coffers from a … Continue reading

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What the French Health Minister told the Assemblée Nationale

France introduced plain packaging in 2016. January 2017 marks the first complete year of operation of that policy. On November 29, 2017 the French health minister Agnes Buzyn was asked as to the efficacy of the policy. Her reply: Mme … Continue reading

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‘How to torture data to justify public policy’ Burning Issues – 7 December 2017

Come and enjoy a burger, mulled wine and a discussion with Sinclair Davidson. DELICIOUS BURGERS • FREE MULLED WINE & BEERS • GUEST SPEAKER Join us for a complimentary burger, a beer and some seasonal mulled wine plus a short presentation by Sinclair Davidson, Professor of Institutional … Continue reading

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Five Years Later

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Coming Soon

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Failing to reject the null hypothesis

I’m a tad suspicious of research undertaken by Pascal Diethelm and Timothy Farley – I have previously requested data to replicate their analysis of the Australian plain packaging policy and have never received any response; let alone the data.* So it … Continue reading

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