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Smoking out the truth in the Oz‘s plain packaging war

You can cherry-pick the data to prove the case either way, but it seems The Australian’s war on plain packaging is self-defeating in the face of evidence.

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The letter to the editor The Australian wouldn’t run

When public health expert Professor Mike Daube wrote to the Oz about their ‘exclusive’ plain packaging yarn, they refused to publish his letter in full. Here’s what it said.

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Media briefs: exclusive watch … Oz v Media Watch (yet again) … winners and losers …

The Australian is now taking the ABC to the Australian Communications and Media Authority over its plain packaging story. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Oz exclusive: Big Tobacco-funded research hates plain packaging

Christian Kerr has insisted that plain packaging is not curbing Australians’ cigarette habit in this morning’s Australian. Where do the numbers come from? It’s there that things get interesting …

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Crikey Clarifier: will Indonesia sink Australian plain packaging laws?

Indonesia has become the third country to challenge Australia’s plain packaging laws for cigarettes. Freelancer writer Sally Whyte talks to experts about the case — and who is likely to win.

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Why Australian cigarette packaging has Brussels reaching for smelling salts

The European Union and United States were on the verge of a landmark free-trade agreement, but an Australian court case has thrown a huge spanner in the works. ABC journalist James Panichi, on leave in Brussels, reports at Inside Story.

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Up in smoke

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Liz mum on plain packs in UK, thanks to Lynton

What happened to David Cameron’s pledge to use plain packaging to discourage smoking? Australian political operative Lynton Crosby happened, apparently.

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On ciggies and grog, Roxon’s public health legacy is plain

Australia’s plain packaging cigarettes initiative has played an essential role in revitalising global action on tobacco. It’s one of several reasons why Nicola Roxon’s public health legacy deserves to recognition, writes Mike Daube.

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Experts respond to High Court’s plain packaging ruling

The High Court’s ruling on plain packaging of cigarettes has provoked an outpouring of public health air punching. Melissa Sweet captures the responses and analysis of health experts.

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Big pharma, big tobacco and the ALEC alliance

The American Legislative Exchange Council’s lobbying of the Australian government on the issue of plain packaging should come as no surprise to pharmaceutical companies, writes Marita Hefler.

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The IPA research ‘funded by Big Tobacco’

It’s been about a decade since anyone admitted it but someone has finally gone on the record to make the connection between right-wing think tank the Institute of Public Affairs and Big Tobacco.

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WTO case quid pro quo to Big Tobacco by Ukraine

So why is Ukraine, of all countries, taking Australia to the World Trade Organisation over our plain packaging laws?

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Hey IPA, asking you to out your donor list isn’t censorship

When called to justify their complex relation to donors, the IPA’s foot soldiers start mewling about being “silenced” or “censored”.

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The legislative detail of plain packaging cigarettes

To find out what plain packaging of cigarettes will entail, you can read the detail in the Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011, which has just been introduced to Parliament, reports Melissa Sweet.

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Dodgy data in the war against plain packaging cigarettes

This week British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) launched its latest salvo in the propaganda war against plain package ciggies. But a new BATA website provides less than reliable statistics, writes Professor Simon Chapman.

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The case for plain packaging of tobacco

Blogger Alister Air takes a long, hard look at the plain packaging debate.

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Why Big Tobacco’s ‘so no to a nanny state’ campaign should go up in smoke

Big Tobacco have used a range of tactics to fight Labor’s proposed plain packaging legislation. But governments should encourage healthy choices and the term ‘nanny state’ has been associated with our best health reforms, writes Rob Moodle.

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Tobacco Nanny, paternalism and public health

This week the tobacco industry launched a nation-wide media campaign in an attempt to stop the government introducing plain packaging tobacco products. Luke Buckmaster and Matthew Thomas discuss the parameters of paternalism and the nanny state.

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The problem with being an ‘every so often’ smoker

Being an ‘every so often’ smoker doesn’t make you immune to cancer, heart disease and all of the other nasty health problems that result from inhaling cigarette smoke, writes John Fitzgerald.

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Singing the praises of plain packaging ciggies

Some troubadours of public health have taken to YouTube to lend their support to Labor’s plain packaging cigarettes legislation and the Health Minister Nicola Roxon, whom they serenade below as a “hero of public health,” reports Melissa Sweet.

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Tobacco lobby’s plain-pack threat not based on reality

British American Tobacco’s long threatened campaign against plain packs kicked off today. Has there ever been a more complete demonstration of Shakespeare’s “the lady doth protest too much”?

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Blackmail dangerous to your health

It’s not often you read a blackmail letter written by the CEO of a major company on the front pages major newspapers. But that’s what happened today when David Crow, managing director of British American Tobacco Australia, delivered a threat to the Australian government.

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Do public health advocates get more active in online discussion

A recent study conducted by Becky Freeman found that those opposed to plain packaging cigarettes are much more likely to post responses online, despite public opinion polls showing strong support for tobacco control measures.

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Smokers already being ripped off — plain packaging is just insulting

Australia’s four million-odd smokers had already been paying an extra $5.5 billion a year in tax to smoke, or about $1250 each. Plain packaging is just insulting, says economist and researcher Adam Creighton.

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