Cigarette ban hideously illiberal and full of holes
“Not only is this prohibitionist wheeze hideously illiberal and unconservative, it is full of holes. It will create a two tier society in which adults buy cigarettes informally from slightly older adults and will inflate the black market in general.
“It may well breach equalities legislation and will very likely be challenged in the courts. It will certainly create huge problems for retailers and may ultimately require a system of national ID cards.”
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In 2021, Christopher was quoted in The Daily Express warning that New Zealand’s gradual cigarette prohibition would turbocharge the black market: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1534118/cigarette-ban-uk-criminality-corruption-tobacco-tax
In 2011, Christopher wrote The Art of Suppression: Pleasure, Panic and Prohibition Since 1800, a book highlighting the failure of alcohol and drug prohibition: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Suppression-Pleasure-Panic-Prohibition/dp/0956226531
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