By Jason Morrison
It appears Nicola Roxson and Tanya Plibersek's "world changing" policy of plain packaged cigarettes has had almost the exact opposite of the desired effect.
There's actually been a rise in cigarette sales - against a four year downwards trend.
Eighteen months after the previous government’s laws came into force, new data, obtained by The Australian, shows that tobacco sales volumes increased by 59 million “sticks”, or individual cigarettes or their roll-your-own equivalents last year.
The 0.3 per cent increase, though modest, goes against a 15.6 per slide in tobacco sales over the previous four years — and undermines claims by then health minister Nicola Roxon that Australia would introduce the “world’s toughest anti-smoking laws”.
The ideologues wouldn't listen to anyone in the retail industry about practicalities of this.
Their lack of worldliness once again is exposed.
The nanny state backfires again. But reality doesn't matter much when the mission is really just to be "first in the world". (photos from news.com.au)