Ireland: Graphic Health Warnings & Plain Packaging for Alcohol?

Ireland: Graphic Health Warnings & Plain Packaging for Alcohol?

The slippery slope of the nanny state continues apace the Irish Government looks at bringing in graphic health warnings for alcohol: The information below is from the Joint Committee on Health and Children from the Irish Parliament which recommends on page 12 section 2 the following:   “Alcohol labelling should be treated in a similar fashion to tobacco legislation, to include the following: Clear health warnings to be included on alcohol products, indicating that alcohol causes disease; the Minister should also consider ensuring that warnings be given prominence with an…

Plain Packaging: A threat to the intellectual property rights system

Plain Packaging: A threat to the intellectual property rights system

MyChoice Australia recently put together a report for the International Property Rights Index on the impact of plain packaging in Australia. You can read the entire report HERE, but here is the conclusion, and a sharp warning to other industry groups: It is clear that plain packaging has failed to achieve its intended outcomes, with incidence of smoking reversing its long term decline, particularly amongst women and children. Plain packaging grossly misunderstands the role of branding: while it relevant to differentiating between competing brands, it has minimal impact on smoking…

Plain Packaging Two Years On – The Evidence Is In

Plain Packaging Two Years On – The Evidence Is In

Click here to download a summary one page fact sheet as a PDF Two years have passed since the Australian Government pushed through plain packaging legislation, ignoring repeated warnings that it would do nothing to reduce smoking rates (and might even increase them) while giving carte-blanche to tobacco smugglers (many of whom fund terrorist organisations) to operate in Australia with impunity. Given the embarrassment that this policy is causing Australia, with 100 business groups from around the world condemning the policy earlier this week, and a recent major legal loss…

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…

Coming Soon: Warning Labels For Alcohol and Sugar!

Coming Soon: Warning Labels For Alcohol and Sugar!

Remember how nanny state advocates promised black and blue that restrictions on tobacco were unique and would never be followed in other industries? That the slippery slope was a lie? Well, this week we saw the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse propose graphic warning labels on alcohol while in New Zealand, taxpayer funded activists from Otago University have argued that “tobacco-like warning labels on sugary drinks are needed to curb children’s habit of drinking them while playing and watching sport.” This shouldn’t be a surprise to our members,…

This week in plain packaging: Worst. Policy. Ever. [UPDATE]

This week in plain packaging: Worst. Policy. Ever. [UPDATE]

  The Australian has been tough on plain packaging since the white (olive green? ugly olive? sorry, drab brown) elephant stomped onto the scene, but this week The Oz has gone into overdrive since revealing the policy has reversed a decades-long decline in (legal) tobacco consumption, driving it up by an extra 59 million cigarettes in 2013. [Source: The Australian. Click image for link.] The usual velveteen-tyranny leftists have been tying themselves in knots to unravel the truth, throwing wild accusations of allegiances to or data-charming by Big Tobacco, the…

Think Of The Children – Why We Need Plain Packaging For Politicians

Think Of The Children – Why We Need Plain Packaging For Politicians

Writing at the UK-based The Free Society, Brian Monteith has a suggestion worth serious consideration: The time is now. We cannot wait any longer. We must act immediately if we are to save the lives of countless children. We must introduce plain packaging of politicians. We know the odds are against us. They have all the resources of the state at their disposal. Their own payroll vote is massive. The legions of the NHS are larger than the armed forces – while the massed ranks of faceless bureaucrats, tax collectors, inspectors…

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….

Private rights a public concern

Private rights a public concern

Senator Elect David Leyonhjelm has a great piece in The Land on the assault on private property rights. While much of the public debate regarding the assault on private property rights focuses upon environmental regulation, a similar case exists when it comes to the nanny state, which David sets out excellently: An issue that has raised few property rights concerns, notwithstanding its implications, is the introduction of plain packaging of cigarettes. This legislation, supported by both sides of politics, has largely destroyed the brands of the tobacco companies, which are highly…

The Plain Packaging Study They Didn’t Want You To See

The Plain Packaging Study They Didn’t Want You To See

Last week, nanny statists in Ireland released a “press release” claiming one of their studies demonstrated evidence for plain-packaging. Funnily enough though, they refused to release the actual study. That’s right, they tried to their so called “research” secret. Now we know why. A leaked copy of the study has shown the exact opposite of what nanny state advocates claim. The study was of the usual sort –  teenagers were shown cigarette packs and asked leading questions with the predictable result that teenagers think ugly packs look ugly. Christopher Snowdon explains: If asked…