Category Archives: Plain Packaging

Plain Packaging – even the AIHW stats confirm it has failed

Yesterday was World No-Tobacco Day and it seems that the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare missed an opportunity to release their latest  National Drug Strategy Household Survey data showing the glorious success of their policies to rid Australia of … Continue reading

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Plain Packaging Again

I was in London last week talking about plain packaging.  

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Sensible vaping policy … in New Zealand

New Zealand will legalise vaping. The Government announced today it will change the law to legalise the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes. Products will be legally sold at some point next year. The change is a big win for the e-cigarette … Continue reading

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But, but, but … peer review.

Dick Puddlecote draws our attention to a very amusing editorial in Tobacco Control. Despite careful review and selection procedures, no journal can guarantee that everything published is accurate, or that all readers will agree with the authors’ interpretation of findings. … Continue reading

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Will the federal government recover the funding?

We have been following the plain packaging saga quite closely here at the Cat. To remind ourselves, the former Gillard government introduced plain packaging for tobacco products in 2012 and had declared it to be a glorious success. It then … Continue reading

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Cross Post: Philip Thompson High Taxes And Plain Packaging Fund North Korean Nukes And Terrorists

In just first few weeks of 2017 police over the world have been busy seizing counterfeit cigarettes. In Ireland investigators, including Detector Dog Alfie, seized 60,000 illegal cigarettes with a street value of €32,500 ($34,000 USD), just beating out the … Continue reading

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Youth smoking increased after plain packaging

Tobacco Control has a paper by Sally Dunlop, Donna Perez, Anita Dessaix and David Currow that has some damning results and implications for the plain packaging policy. You get a very different impression reading just the abstract than you do … Continue reading

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How is that slippery slope going?

Here is Vera da Costa e Silva speaking at the recent New Dehli COP7 Framework Convention on Tobacco Control conference. We are also watched by sugar and alcohol products manufacturers, who see the tobacco control movement as a precursor to … Continue reading

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Guest post: Bill Leak – call to arms

As some of you may know, Bill has been hand making cigarette packet covers (‘Slip-Ons’) since the Nanny State introduced plain packaging. He has now had them professionally produced and this is a ‘Call to Arms’ to help market them. … Continue reading

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Pots, kettles and plain packaging surveys

The Labor party were having a bit of fun in estimates this week: Taxpayers contributed $640,000 to a book edited, written and published by Bjorn Lomborg and his Copenhagen Consensus Centre which was ridiculed in Senate Estimates on Thursday as … Continue reading

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