Tasmania: Smoking age hike is smoke and mirrors

Tasmania: Smoking age hike is smoke and mirrors

MyChoice Australia has questioned the Tasmanian government’s proposal to raise the minimum legal smoking age to 21 or 25 years old. The submission, made in partnership with the Australia Taxpayers’ Alliance, expresses concerns that the only concrete policy change described in the draft is raising the smoking age. View our full submission here [PDF] The governments’ claim that the proposal will address “a number of lifestyle risk factors for chronic disease, including, but not limited to, smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, risky alcohol consumption and mental health” is undermined by its obvious focus…

Cheese: The New Drug?

Cheese: The New Drug?

Before you can “say cheese,” the latest study from Michigan will literally wipe the smile off your face. The substance that finishes a sandwich, completes a cake and is very much a meal on its own has become the next target of the nanny state scaremongers aka “health professionals.” Apparently it has been declared that an enjoyment of cheese is equivalent to an addiction on crack. They found that pizza was the most “addictive” of foods and “it has everything to do with the cheese.” It is a pathetic down spiral…

Media Release: Senator Speaks Sense on Smoking!

Media Release: Senator Speaks Sense on Smoking!

MEDIA RELEASE Senator Speaks Sense On Smoking Click HERE for this media release in pdf format Click HERE for  a copy of Senator Leyonhjelm’s Speech Taxpayer advocates today praised Senator David Leyonhjelm (Liberal Democratic Party) for revealing the inconvenient truth about tobacco taxes and for bravely saying “thank you for smoking.” Senator Leyonhjelm today debunked the myth that smokers are a drain on the public health system, illuminating a yearly tobacco tax haul nearly 17 times larger than the cost of smoking-related illness and fires combined. “Australia has as many smokers as…

What is illicit tobacco?

What is illicit tobacco?

  Idk but there is this many of it: Okay. So. Today’s KPMG report identifies these types of illicit tobacco… Counterfeit cigarettes: fake versions of real brands. Unbranded loose tobacco: it’s unbranded loose leaf tobacco that is not in cigarette form. Non-domestic cigarettes (legal): importing or bringing in foreign cigarettes duty-free when you come back from not-Australia (which is legal if there’s less than fifty cigarettes, or if there’s more and you pay tax on them). You can tell they’re not Australian if they glorify dictators instead of health conditions….

Tobacco control is about control – not tobacco

Tobacco control is about control – not tobacco

Tobacco control has never been about protecting the health of smokers. Not one policy – not a single one – that has ever pushed up the price of tobacco, restricted who can purchase tobacco, limited who can sell tobacco, abolished the right to advertise or even brand tobacco products, banned flavours of tobacco, and outlawed the use of tobacco in private or in public locations, or presence of certain people, has ever been designed, approved, or implemented with the well-being of smokers in mind. Historically, this might have been more…

The Real Story on So-Called “Food Addiction”

The Real Story on So-Called “Food Addiction”

Via the Center for Consumer Freedom: The latest tactic by the nation’s food police is to classify foods as “foods of abuse” that are “addictive”and that should be regulated liketobacco cigarettes,alcohol, oreven marijuana. Fortunately for gourmands gobbling gouda and commoners chomping on cheeseburgers alike, there is considerable evidence that this slipshod approach to neuroscience is fatally flawed. The European Food Information Council recently released a synopsisof two Cambridge University efforts to scrutinize the existing data ostensibly supporting the theory,which we have noted before. The researchers’ overwhelming conclusion is that the theory that…

MUST READ – Addicted: the medicalisation of bad behaviour

MUST READ – Addicted: the medicalisation of bad behaviour

Chris Berg has a must-read article in today’s Age on how “addiction” is being used to attack personal responsibility: OUR ancestors used religion to ward off the things that scared them. We use medicine. .. Medicalisation comforts because it suggests that our bad decisions are not our fault. Describing self-destructive behaviours as addictions is the ultimate way to shirk individual responsibility. Rather than agents of our own choices, we become passive recipients, preyed on by our surroundings. This is utterly dehumanising. One could ask why we’re so eager to dehumanise…