Two years on, all evidence shows that plain packaging has failed in Australia
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Plain packaging has failed to have any effect on smoking rates
“Plain packaging assumes that people start smoking as a result of seeing logos and colour schemes. As any smoker knows, this is not true and it is therefore no surprise that plain packaging has failed to have any effect on smoking rates.
“There has been no acceleration in the decline in adult smoking and youth smoking appears to have risen. Illegal tobacco now makes up 14.3 per cent of the Australian market and costs the government $1.2 billion. This is a shockingly large black market for an island continent that has no land borders.”
Notes to Editors:
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For more information on Australia’s illegal tobacco problem, see this KPMG report.
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