Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Why the Kouk is plain right?

In Why the Kouk is plain wrong Ergas argues unconvincingly that plain packaging laws are a failure. In particular, he writes that
An econometric analysis by researchers at the University of Zurich is a case in point. Using a broad range of methods, the researchers conclude that plain packaging has not reduced the incidence of teenage smoking in Australia. True, the study was funded by Philip Morris; however, it is methodologically rigorous, and its results are consistent with those of earlier research.
I'll leave it to others to examine the rigorous methodology, but any research funded by big tobacco is unlikely to be objective.

It was interesting and informative to see some of the responses to Ergas—and previous columns The Australian is running—in this beat-up:
The Australian's agenda here is two-fold: Defend big tobacco's right to make money, and individual civil liberty. However, as I wrote in Some sceptics make it a habit to be wrong, these aims are misguided; society as a whole benefits from laws that are enacted to the benefit of the majority of its citizens.

1 comment:

  1. And I might add that if it turned out that plain packaging increased tobacco consumption, the tobacco companies would keep very, very quiet about this.