Jonathan Isaby writes for Conservative Home: Why every taxpayer should oppose plain packaging for cigarettes
Our Chief Executive, Jonathan Isaby, wrote for Conservative Home today, explaining why all taxpayers should oppose plain packaging for cigarettes.
Here's what he had to say:
It stands to reason that cigarette packets free of any branding whatsoever would be infinitely easier to forge, making the measure tantamount to a counterfeiters’ charter.
And guess what? An increase in illicit tobacco sales would mean a decrease in tobacco duty collected by the government from legitimate sales. Here the evidence from Australia is clear: since the introduction of plain packaging, the previous downwards trend in illicit sales has been reversed as the black market has hit a new high, with a 24 per cent jump in illicit sales in just two years.
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