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…




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…




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,…