The War on Consumer Surplus

 At least 77 national governments now impose graphic health warnings—images of diseased lungs, cancerous mouths, and such—on cigarette packs and other tobacco packaging.The United States is the major holdout, but that may be changing.In2012,a federal district court struck down a 2011 regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that would have mandated graphic health warnings. Anti-tobacco groups are now suing the FDA to force it to try graphic warnings again. 

Big Tobacco warns food and drink firms: ‘You’re ne

Could the near future bring a branding ban for craft beers and graphic health warnings on Cadbury&rsquo;s Dairy Milk? Don&rsquo;t rule it out. Alcohol companies already face heavy restrictions in the way they advertise. In December Public Health England called for the extension of plain packaging rules to booze and the government is already pressing ahead with the &lsquo;sugar tax&rsquo; on fizzy drinks, which will come into force next April.<br />

Tobacco Control Tactics

<a href="">TCTactics</a> aims to provide up-to-date information on the Tobacco Control Industry, its allies and those promoting the extremist anti-tobacco agenda that no longer targets just tobacco but ordinary adult consumers who use it.<br />
The website explores how this industry &ndash; with support from the pharmaceutical nicotine producers and government tax funds &ndash; influences and often distorts public health debates, using a whole raft of lobbying, public relations tactics and junk science.

We Used Terrible Science to Justify Smoking Bans

Will we look at the new evidence for long enough to at least consider whether we&rsquo;ve gone too far? In the early 2000s, anti-smoking advocates seized on one study to fight for expanding smoking bans to bars and restaurants in jurisdictions across the country.<br />
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The Pleasure of Smoking

On 22nd February 2017 Dr Neil McKeganey, director of the Centre for Substance Use Research in Glasgow, summarised the results of the CSUR study ‘The Pleasure of Smoking: The Views of Confirmed Smokers’ which was funded by the smokers’ group Forest.

Marijuana Policy Is Best Left up to the States

In withdrawing federal protection for transgendered students, the Trump administration paid tribute to our federalist system. &ldquo;The president believes that this is a states&rsquo; rights issue,&rdquo; said White House spokesman Sean Spicer, &ldquo;We are a states&rsquo; rights party. The president in a lot of issues believes that these issues are states&rsquo; rights issues.&rdquo;<br />
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Yet, hours later, the administration had little use for federalism in announcing that it would &ldquo;punish&rdquo; states that legalized marijuana. According to Spicer, we should expect to see &ldquo;greater enforcement&rdquo; of federal marijuana laws, regardless of states&rsquo; marijuana laws.

Prohibition or Harm Reduction

It is a funny old world where people beg for something and when it arrives they reject it. First there was the cigarette, and some people decided, for the best of reasons, that they did not like it because of the harm it caused. So, people tried to stop other people from smoking, which was difficult because smoking was addictive, and in any case, smokers tended to enjoy smoking &ndash; they just did not like the idea of falling ill, so many stopped, but not all.