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The introduction of “plain packaging” has done little to reduce demand for cigarettes in AustraliaMay 30, 2014
In 2011, Australia’s government introduced legislation mandating that cigarettes be sold in “plain packages” (i.e., without brand logos and colors). The legislation came into effect in late 2012. Unfortunately, plain packaging’s effects appear to have been less than desirable. Other countries contemplating the introduction of plain packaging would be well advised to postpone any decision until its effects in Australia are better understood.
Washington State and New Jersey Legislatures Consider Massive Taxes on E-Cigarettes That Would Perpetuate Smoking
Punitive taxes would discourage smokers from switching to a safer alternative, harming public healthMarch 11, 2014
Washington State and New Jersey are currently considering budget proposals that would impose additional taxes on e-cigarettes. These taxes would discourage smokers from switching, thereby ensuring that many more people continue to smoke cigarettes, which are far more harmful.
The European Union's new e-cigarette rules will reduce competition, slow innovation and prevent smokers from switching to safer, vaporized nicotine.
Not only does the Los Angeles City Council's move to ban e-cigarettes run counter to public opinion, it would also set back public health by implicitly discouraging smokers from seeking safer alternatives.
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The introduction of “plain packaging” has done little to reduce demand for cigarettes in Australia
May 30, 2014
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