Remember when Big Tobacco seemed untouchable? Well, plain packaging was …

Comment on Real Action in the wrong direction? by Hal Duell.

Remember when Big Tobacco seemed untouchable?
Well, plain packaging was upheld by the High Court today.
I say beware Big Alcohol.
You, too, are reachable.
Lead the way, or be told.
What’s it gonna be?

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Real Action in the wrong direction?
I can’t resist adding the following to the comment mix on how to get going in the wrong direction.

Real Action in the wrong direction?
I can’t comment on a floor price, but others certainly have a lot to say, both pro and con.
Volumetric taxation means taxing the alcohol in alcohol. Seems to be a no-brainer to me. If the price goes up, the price goes up. Or lower the tax.
But labeling with a suitably graphic warning regarding the risk of drinking while pregnant, especially in the first trimester, is without doubt a no-brainer. Make it as ugly and as scary as the tobacco attack ads. Foetal alcohol damage is forever.
I’ll repeat that – foetal alcohol damage is forever!

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