Lifestyle Economics

Plain packaging will boost the black market and is a disaster for the free market


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Commenting on the decision to implement plain packaging in the UK, Christopher Snowdon, Director of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:

“The perverse decision to introduce plain packaging is a triumph for gesture politics and a kick in the teeth for evidence-based policy-making. Parliament has set a precedent for wholesale confiscation of intellectual property on the whim of zealous pressure groups. No doubt food and drink will be next.”

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