Category Archives: Plain Packaging

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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More evidence of plain packaging failure

From The Saturday Paper: According to the most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics national health survey, adult smoking rates fell from 16.1 per cent in 2011-12 to 14.5 per cent in 2014-15. The National Drug Strategy household survey shows a … Continue reading

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How is that world’s best practice plain packaging policy working?

The number of smokers in Australia has increased for the first time since anti-smoking campaigns ramped up a generation ago, casting doubt on the effectiveness of further taxes on cigarettes. An unexpected standstill in the national smoking rate since 2013, … Continue reading

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Updated: Vaping v Plain Packaging

In December 2012 Australia adopted a draconian anti-smoking policy in plain packaging. The evidence seems to suggest this policy has failed to substantially reduce smoking prevalence in Australia. At about the same time (2012) vaping became very popular in the … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm on plain packaging failure

Amanda is in a rush and running low on fuel. She pulls into a servo showing a good price on its billboard, and stops at a pump offering the fuel she wants. None of that ethanol crap for her. After … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm on cigars

Many people celebrate a graduation, a major business success or becoming a father or grandfather with a special bottle of wine. Often no expense is spared, with fancy French champagne or a bottle of Grange, perhaps in a special presentation … Continue reading

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