3 Years of Government Failure: Plain Packaging

Today is the 3 year anniversary of one the most ineffective nanny state policies to date: plain packaging.

The evidence is clear. Since 2013, plain packaging has not deterred cigarette consumption, nor has it reduced cigarette expenditure per household. Instead, the statistics point out that in spite of plain packaging, there was an increase in money spent on tobacco from 2013 to 2014.

Despite the abysmal failure of the policy to achieve its outcome, taxpayers will liable for $50 million in the legal battle between the government and tobacco giant, Phillip Morris.

This is not a policy worth fighting for, particularly at the expense of the taxpayer.

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