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…

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,…

EVENT: Your Rights at Play

EVENT: Your Rights at Play

Between the Attorney General deciding to snoop on your online activities, the international health establishment pushing for the extinction of non-olive packaging, and the Premier suffering from an obvious, crippling fear of alcohol-related headlines, our rights at play have never been under greater threat in our lifetimes.In the face of the unrelenting march of the nanny state, please join MyChoice Australia in defending the voluntary exchange of goods and services for the purpose of amusement that forms the heart of a community.We’re lucky to welcome the following special guests and…

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…

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…