New study finds that the use of contraband cigarettes in Ontario has grown to 32.8%, with a significant increase from 2015 to 2016. What does this say about the effectiveness of the government’s attempts to rein in the increase of illegal tobacco?
The World Health Organization Conference on Tobacco Control is yet again taking place behind closed doors with a media ban. Journalists should be allowed to cover the proceedings and ask questions about their policy on plain packaging that will increase illegal tobacco and fuel crime.
The WHO takes its own commitment to a new level, banning all sugary beverages from its Geneva headquarters
Where next for soda pop as the WHO urges all countries to tax sugary drinks?
The federal government vowed to base its policies on evidence. To introduce plain packaging now, without its effectiveness proven elsewhere, would seem to contradict this noble intention
In a market where 20% of tobacco is already illegal, the Canadian Government is, in effect, giving counterfeiters a step-by-step guide on how to make perfect copies of cigarette packs.
Plain packaging doesn’t work, breaches fundamental liberal principles of free expression and infringes trademark protections. Worst of all, it will cost us money that the government will eventually take out of our pockets.
Ontario has the worst contraband tobacco problem in Canada and the introduction of plain packaging regulations for cigarettes, currently being considered by the federal government, will only make life easier for illegal manufacturers
Evidence from Australia suggests that plain packaging has failed in its primary purpose – to reduce smoking rates, with unintended, negative consequences.