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….

The Lifestyle Tax Attack On The Poor

The Lifestyle Tax Attack On The Poor

Those on the left often loudly preach their self-proclaimed moral virtues and how they care about the poor. However, when it comes to lifestyle taxes, which undoubtedly have the greatest impact upon the poorest demographics out of any type of taxation, they are not only silent – they loudly champion them! The fact that the left’s pet causes always trump the cost of living is not particularly surprising. The always-brilliant Dr Julie Novak from the IPA released a detailed report on this issue last year, and, yesterday, a new paper…

Nanny Statists Advocating North Korean Starvation Diet

Nanny Statists Advocating North Korean Starvation Diet

Thousands are dying of starvation in the criminal North Korean regime. A third of children are so malnourished they have stunted growth.  People are so desperate for food that they are resorting to canibalism. This is the regime that our insane leftist nanny statists want to emulate. Gareth Morgan is one of New Zealand’s leading advocates for a so-called “fat tax”. Fresh from a visit to North Korea, this is what he had to say: He’s barely off the plane after a 40,000-kilometre ride across Russia and Korea. Controversy trailed…

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…

Plain Packaging WTO Woes Grow: Indonesia Also Says No

Plain Packaging WTO Woes Grow: Indonesia Also Says No

Indonesia has joined the burgeoning international movement against Australia’s plain packaging laws. The World Trade Organisation has announced that Indonesia “had made a formal request for consultations with Australia” over plain packaging. The controversial policy has already pushed Honduras, Ukraine, Cuba and the Dominican Republic to ask the WTO to intervene in the dispute over the world’s most tyrannical tobacco packaging laws. These tobacco-supplying nations argue that plain packaging laws create illegal obstacles to world trade, breaching intellectual property rights and international trade rules. With Indonesia initiating dispute resolution proceedings,…

Thank You Smokers!

Thank You Smokers!

You’ve seen smoke free zones before – but when was the last time you saw a free smoke zone? Today’s National Thank You Smokers Day event in Brisbane would have been the first time for many. A group of volunteers in the Queen St Mall crowdfunded cigarettes to offer to adult smokers, and handed out fliers with information about the taxes on tobacco. Of course, the protest in no way promoted smoking or smoking-related products – the only promotion going on was of gratitude to smokers for their disproportionately huge…

How to Use Public Health to Control Everything

How to Use Public Health to Control Everything

Via our good friend Dr Julie Novak at the IPA, this piece from Laissez Faire Club on How to Use Public Health to Control Everything  is a must read: Some extracts: And here is the rabbit in the hat: social justice. “Social justice,” writes Bernard Turnock, “is the foundation of public health.” Since social justice is a subjective notion, somebody has to decide what it is and what it requires. So public health experts naturally want to assume the role of the philosopher-king. In Plato’s utopia, the philosopher-king rules paternalistically and tyrannically…

Rudd’s Tobacco Tax Slug: The Facts

Rudd’s Tobacco Tax Slug: The Facts

Here are the facts on Kevin Rudd’s desperate attempt to gouge smokers to cover up his budget black hole: FACT: The tobacco tax is one of the most regressive taxes in Australia, hitting already struggling poorest Australians hardest. FACT: It won’t raise any revenue. This is the mining tax fiasco all over again. FACT: Kevin Rudd promised his 2010 tobacco tax would raise an extra $5 billion. In reality, tobacco excise revenue fell FACT: Deloitte found that the 2010 tobacco tax hike caused the illegal tobacco trade to jump 29%,…