Big tobacco, the nanny and the IPA

Both Chris Kenny and The Australian’s leader-writers sheepishly admit big tobacco is nasty, but argue that infringing the god-given liberty to market addictive carcinogens is nastier. These claims of a thin-end-of-the-wedge totalitarianism are piffle: there are already many uncontroversial examples of heavily restricted but legal products, such as prescription drugs, explosives and alcohol. Could the explanation for this disingenuousness be that The Australian’s favourite talent-pool, quoted by Kenny but not disclosed as such, is the big tobacco funded IPA?

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