THOUGHTS ON A NEWS STORY
The Canadian government will force cigarette companies to use plain packaging, for cigarettes, to prevent young people from starting to smoke. The Australian government introduced similar legislation in 2012, and they report a decline in smokers from 2012 to 2015.
Really? Smoking declined in Australia because of the plain-packaged cigarettes? Young people will not want to smoke because cigarette packages do not have pretty colors and fancy fonts? What is the government smoking?
Between 2014 and 2015 the Canadian federal and provincial governments earned over 8 billion dollars in taxes from sales of tobacco. ($8,168,647,468.00 to be exact.) Does the government really want people to stop smoking?