Judith Sloan, Honorary Professor for Economics at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, a proper number-cruncher - as opposed to professional tobacco haters posing as economists - has cast her practiced eye on the debate and called bullshit.
THE nannies are panicking. Why hasn’t the consumption of cigarettes collapsed after the introduction of mandatory plain packaging? How can we explain this one? Like kids who haven’t done their homework, the excuses are coming thick and fast.
• We never expected the consumption of cigarettes to fall immediately.
• The tobacco companies are making up the figures to suit their case.
• A closer examination of the figures points to a fall in tobacco consumption this year.
• Lower prices are driving up consumption; it has nothing to do with plain packaging
I’m not sure Nanny Roxon and her band of fervent supporters had quite thought this one through, assuming there were any economists among them.Please do go read her full reasoned debunking of the latest customary anti-smoking propaganda here, but if you're short on time this graphic tells the story of plain packaging failure better than a thousand words from either side.
|Source: The Australian - as always, click to enlarge|
Does any of the above scream urgent to you, as UK tobacco controllers claim plain packaging is? No, of course not. What a load of old pony.