Category Archives: Wakefield Study

Plain Packaging Again

I was in London last week talking about plain packaging.  

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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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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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More dodginess on plain packaging

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 … Continue reading

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Tobacco Control replication crisis

Last year the Victorian government modified the state Freedom of Information laws to exempt the Victorian Cancer Council. This was in response to a perfectly legitimate request for underlying survey data that researchers at the Victorian Cancer Council had collected … Continue reading

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More evidence plain packaging didn’t work as planned

So in January I asked for the $3 million-not-put-out-to-tender survey data that was collected by Melanie Wakefield to track the introduction of plain packaging. It eventually arrived. The survey and supporting documents can be found here. The survey itself consists … Continue reading

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Sometimes you need to read the actual paper

Simon Chapman quotes a paper on Tobacco Control: A study was conducted from April 2012 (six ?months before plain packaging) to March 2014 (15? months after), by the Cancer Council Victoria, using national telephone samples of 8,679 smokers. It found … Continue reading

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We paid $3 million for what?

The Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 describes its objectives as follows: 3  Objects of this Act are (1)  The objects of this Act are: (a)  to improve public health by: (i)  discouraging people from taking up smoking, or using tobacco products; … Continue reading

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A critique of Durkin et al

Last year Sarah Durkin, Emily Brennan, Kerri Coomber, Meghan Zacher, Michelle Scollo and Melanie Wakefield published a paper in Tobacco Control that concluded: These findings provide some of the strongest evidence to date that implementation of [Plain Packaging] with larger … Continue reading

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More public health porkies

From The Age: A global tobacco giant is using freedom of information laws to obtain data from surveys by thousands of Victorian school children and teenagers that reveal their attitudes to smoking and alcohol. Public health advocates believe “Big Tobacco” … Continue reading

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