Category Archives: Wakefield Study

A glaring omission

Yesterday the ABC ran this breathless story: The first comprehensive evaluation of Australia’s ground-breaking plain packaging tobacco laws shows they are working, the Victorian Cancer Council says. Fourteen separate studies on the impact of plain packaging in its first year … Continue reading

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Marking your own exams

Anti-tobacco campaigner Melanie Wakefield of the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer has been engaged without tender by the Department of Health to undertake a National Tracking Survey of 400 current and ex-smokers between 2012 and 2014 to assess the … Continue reading

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NHS rubbishes Australian anti-tobacco research

It’s bad enough that the Brits are thrashing the Australian cricket team – now they’re also thrashing our government funded research into the benefits of plain packaging. The promoters of plain packaging have made a very specific claim: It’s a … Continue reading

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Evidence on evidence based policy III

It looks like Simon Chapman is trying to manage expactations – manage them downwards that it. Chapman is a professor of public health at the University of Sydney and in that capacity is an anti-tobacco campaigner. Here he is complaining … Continue reading

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Evidence on evidence based policy II

So last week we noticed the government fudging on its plain packaging policy. Ms Plibersek said data was unavailable on whether the introduction of plain packaging in Australia had hit cigarette sales. But she is confident it’s working. Then this … Continue reading

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