Category Archives: Plain Packaging

Idea laundering is a threat to business and civil society

The WSJ describes how idea laundering works: Here’s how it works: First, various academics have strong moral impulses about something. For example, they perceive negative attitudes about obesity in society, and they want to stop people from making the obese … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm. Time for new thinking on smoking

At the World Taxpayers’ Association Biennial Conference in Sydney recently, experts discussed global approaches to tobacco control and harm reduction. From this it is timely to ask whether our bureaucrats and government need a change of mindset. According to both … Continue reading

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Is this false advertising?

Quit Victoria put out a tweet the other day. 25% reduction in smoking rates? In Australia? How could the National Drug Strategy Household Survey get it so wrong? Unlike Quit Victoria who report a 25% decline, the National Drug Strategy Household … Continue reading

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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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