Free trade.

MyChoice points out a wry truth about Australia’s ridiculous and ineffective plain packs laws:

Australia’s obsession with infantilising smokers has seen Canberra and the High Court bluntly refusing to acknowledge that preventing an entire industry from branding its products is a plain infringement of intellectual property.

Meanwhile, no-one can find any evidence that even suggests plain packaging has pushed smokers to quit, or prevented people from taking up smoking.

Tobacco producing nations, including the Dominican Republic and Cuba, argue that plain packaging laws create illegal obstacles to world trade.

Yes, Australia’s getting a lesson in free trade courtesy of communists.

Still life with electronic cigarette, space heater, and cat.

Still life with electronic cigarette, space heater, and cat.

There’s one bit of heartening news on the vaping horizon though: the EU has rejected the notorious Tobacco Products Directive, which would have either banned or tightly regulated most personal vaporizers.

It is a big win for harm reduction and an egg facial to nanny-state prohibitionists.
Links via Dick Puddlecote and the always vigilant Snowdon.

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4 comments

  1. jas88

    There’s pressure here in the UK to bring in the stupid “plain packaging” demand – already shops have been stopped from displaying tobacco products on the shelves, so you can’t see the packaging anyway until you’ve already bought them! Totally pointless – and IIRC opponents here have pointed to figures from Australia showing it doesn’t help – but since when was that enough to stop the nanny state interfering?

  2. krulac

    I watch bar patrons shovel $7.00 into a cigarette machine every weekend – and the line never stops to buy them. Now, for most parts of the world – $7 bucks is a DEAL on smokes but we really RAPE our customers in the bar here in the states. That’s a lot of sugar to throw down for cigs.

    They’d buy the fucking things at $20 a pack and, if that’s so – no packaging or display is going to stop them for sure!

    They say it’s more addictive than Heroin. Shit – heroin is ILLEGAL and still junkies get ahold of it.

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