So how is the Gillard government’s theft of intellectual property working out as a policy to inhibit smoking?
Here is a picture based on data collected by states (or in the case of Victoria on behalf of the state).
Here is is a picture that highlights something we’ve been on about at Catallaxy Files:
Here is the ABS data on household expenditure:
So we have state-based data, tax-based data (via Treasury), and ABS data all showing that plain packaging didn’t work as advertised. That is all government data – not industry data or private sector estimates of smuggling etc. The Australian governments (federal and state) own data.
By contrast the Nanny State has produced evidence that people don’t like the packaging. Well, yes. Given that the packaging was deliberately engineered to be unattractive that is hardly surprising.