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 Survey reported:

Smoking rates have been on a long-term downward trend since 1991, but the daily smoking rate did not significantly decline over the most recent 3 year period (was 12.8% in 2013 and 12.2% in 2016).


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12 Responses to Is this false advertising?

  1. tgs

    Dont let facts get in the way of a mid-twenty something year old, worldly and educated, social media officer’s feelings about the matter, Sinc!

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    Weasel word alert:

    contributed to

    In other words 24.99% of the fall was due to excise rises and switching to the black market and 0.01% was due to PPL. Prove me wrong, Victoriastani SJWeenies.

  3. RobK

    Who are they going to believe, your graph or a mountain of shekels in the coffers. The program comes as a package from zealots.

  4. Percy Popinjay

    Facts, evidence, truth?

    There will not be any of that, you dangerous irresponsible dinosaurs!

  5. Bruce

    I am less moved by the relatively tiny reduction in smoking than the apparent widespread consumption of industrial-grade hallucinogens by people like “Quit VIctoria”.

    Besides which, a lot of folk, smokers and non-smokers, seem to have heeded their catch-cry and, indeed, “quit” Victoria.

  6. .

    Anyhow, time for another Cigarillo.

  7. H B Bear

    Only one way to find out. Lodge a complaint with the cardigan wearers at the Advertising Standards Council.

  8. Angus Black

    Thus rears it’s head on Catallaxy every few weeks and I still don’t understand why you care so much about cigarette packaging.

    I couldn’t care less if you smoke so long as I don’t have to breath in smoke when you do. I also don’t see how the experience varies depending on the packaging.

    Why does Sinclair (and the rest of you, for that matter) care so much? Still, venting about it will have as much impact as a University change management consultation process, so go ahead, I guess.

  9. .

    Why do you care so much about free speech, not being taxed out of business, secure private property rights, the ongoing legality of alcohol, a right to a jury trial, the presumption of innocence…?

  10. Angus Black

    Why do I care…??? Well, because these things matter.

  11. Mother Lode

    Actually, Angus, the point is that government and its agencies mislead and lie to us to advance the progressive agenda and to justify their increases in power to protect us from ourselves.

    The fact that you think it so unimportant actually reveals how nefarious the process is.

    Smoking was a habit enjoyed by millions. Not everybody liked it, sure, but that is true about anything. I have never smoked and don’t particularly like the smell, but that is me making my own choices. Other people are free to choose otherwise.

    But there has been a relentless campaign of lies and misinformation to justify taking freedom of choice from the individual in the name of the collective. If they were telling the truth that would be one thing capable of debate, but the justification for this interference is simply not there.

    Moreover, the fact they are reduced to lying about the effects of pain packaging shows that they do not in fact understand smokers.

    You might also want to compare this to the Global Warming hoax, where are again being required to surrender our freedom to the collective on the basis of false evidence.

  12. Bruce in WA

    And a packet of Marlboro in Singapore is less than half the price it is in Australia … so how serious are they really?

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