Govt Urged To Take Children Away From Smoker Parents

Govt Urged To Take Children Away From Smoker Parents

In perhaps the most brazen proposal by the professional nanny state lobby to date, Professor John Banzhaf, founder of the US based lobby group “Action on Smoking & Health” and one of the most influential legal activists in this field, has called for parents to be denied access to their children if they are smokers. Addressing the North American Regional Conference of the International Society for Family Law, Banzhaf is reported as arguing: Attendees were told how to effectively raise the issue of parental smoking in custody proceedings, and how to either prohibit smoking…

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…

MyChoice Joins International Coalition Against Lifestyle Tax Hikes

MyChoice Joins International Coalition Against Lifestyle Tax Hikes

MyChoice Australia  is proud to be part of an international coalition of 22 organisations to combat new international taxes. A movement to increase lifestyle taxes is very concerning to us: not only do lifestyle taxes hurt the poor most, but these are deeply immoral and controlling attempts by governments to erode our right to “nudge” the behaviour of citizens away from what they evidently want to do. The letter notes: There have been attempts by the EU and by the World Health Organization (WHO) to establish uniform excise taxes on products…

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…

WHO intimidates bloggers as experts back vaping

WHO intimidates bloggers as experts back vaping

  Back in April, minutes of a November 2013 World Heath Organisation meeting were leaked to the press, showing the WHO’s hand. They’re dealing with preference over evidence as they actively pursue the classification of e-cigarettes – which differ from normal cigarettes by not being cigarettes – as cigarettes. The minutes, which you could not possibly find in the links at the end of this article and I would not advise you to follow those links to look for them, show bureaucrats referring to smokeless tobacco products and tobacco harm…

The Historical Roots of Plain Packaging

The Historical Roots of Plain Packaging

Reading Theodore Dalrymple’s, The Wilder Shores of Marx: Journeys in a Vanishing World, detailing visits to communist countries just prior to their collapse, the following passage, from his visit to Albania, struck me as particularly telling: However it is the printing and design of packaging that is most thoroughly characteristic – pathognomonic, as doctors put t – of communist manufacture. The paper or cardboard is always rough and absorbent, so that ink often sends little spidery strands through it; the calligraphy is crude and inelegant. The labels bear as little information…

Joint Media Release: Abbott Right to Trim the Public Health Fat

Joint Media Release: Abbott Right to Trim the Public Health Fat

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance & MyChoice Australia applaud tonight’s Federal Budget announcement that the Australian National Preventative Health Agency will be abolished. A bill to cut ANPHA will be introduced into parliament this week, as part of the abolition of 70 federal government agencies. “MyChoice Australia has consistently lobbied for the abolition of the Australian National Preventative Health Agency” said Lara Jeffery, Director of MyChoice Australia. “We applaud the Abbott government meeting their election commitments to fight the nanny state and slim bloated bureaucracies” “ANPHA was an uninspired tax sinkhole…

The Right To Take Even Really Stupid Risks – Reason.com

The Right To Take Even Really Stupid Risks – Reason.com

A good piece from Reason.com on the right to take risks – if you accept the consequences: But to a large extent, it’s the question itself that matters the most: “What the hellam I doing?” Sooner or later most of us ask that same question. We ask it when we’re doing something foolish, or brave, or unfamiliar, and we especially ask it when the situation goes sour—when we find ourselves airborne in late-morning traffic. And if we don’t ask it of ourselves, somebody else is sure to do us the favor: “What the…