An exclusive for The Tunnel prepared by our tobacco correspondent
New draconian plain cigarette packaging measures proposed by a Big Brother government will destroy everyday Australian businesses and cost jobs, a new study has confirmed.
This is just the latest in a series of independent studies commissioned by the tobacco industry that are critical of the government’s scheme to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes.
The tobacco industry has pointed out that the government’s plain cigarette packaging legislation will not work and will in fact increase smoking while at the same time cost jobs and drive small businesses to the wall.
Justine Cambelwell from the Totally Independent Small Battler Retailers Association of Australia agrees.
Mrs Cambelwell cites a study commissioned by the Association which shows 97 per cent of respondents agreed with the particular statement they were read.
“I think that’s pretty conclusive.”
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