Stop The $40 A Pack Tobacco Tax Hike!

Stop The $40 A Pack Tobacco Tax Hike!

Today’s budget revealed plans the Federal Government wants to implement FOUR MORE tax hikes on tobacco. Our tobacco tax is already one of the highest in the world, and if this goes ahead, it will mean an average smoker will pay a staggering $7,500 in tobacco taxes a year! This is a unjust, immoral tax grab  that will hit the poorest and most vulnerable in Australia hardest. The tobacco tax is the most regressive tax in Australia, and raising it to pay for more spending is simply wrong. Join our…

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…

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…

Nanny Statists Force WA Opera To Cancels Bizet’s Carmen

Nanny Statists Force WA Opera To Cancels Bizet’s Carmen

The multi-million dollar nanny state  industry has just scored its latest victory! This time, they have been able to take down the evil scourge that is … opera! That’s right, no longer content with gouging Australians with the highest tobacco taxes in the world and calling for food rationing taxpayer funded nanny statists have now decided to take on Opera, forcing a cancellation of the Bizet’s classic Carmen. WA Today reports that: A sponsorship agreement between WA Opera and Healthway has seen plans scrapped to perform a show where the…

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…

10 reasons the tobacco tax hike is awful, awful policy

10 reasons the tobacco tax hike is awful, awful policy

It really has nothing to do with your health In the words of the new PM, “It would only be raising $5 billion dollars or so if people are to continue to smoke, so let’s not listen to this palaver about health. This is all about revenue, it’s all about tax, it’s all about a government that can’t control it’s spending – that’s why it hits you in the hip pocket.” Smoking-related illness already benefits the budget – there ARE no losses to cover. Tobacco excise is already so high…