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Evidence is not on the side of plain packaging


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Commenting on the publication of draft regulations for the plain packaging of tobacco, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:

‘With tobacco sales rising after plain packaging was introduced in Australia, the public health case for this policy looks increasingly weak. The British government said that it was “minded” to introduce plain packaging on the basis of a deliriously optimistic review of the theoretical evidence, but it can only seriously consider proceeding if it undertakes serious reviews of the impact on intellectual property, counterfeiting, smuggling, tax evasion and trade disputes. These are the pressing issues that have so far been ignored.’

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