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As Australia Shows, Plain Packaging For Cigarettes Does Not Work

Plain packaging of cigarettes, heralded as the “next giant leap” to reduce smoking, is more of a euphemism. Critics describe it as more “medical pornography”, with sometimes grotesque images of gangrenous feet, rotting teeth, and cancer-riddled lungs. But it also has unintended consequences for law and order, with the poorest and most vulnerable paying the highest price.

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Berkeley’s Soda Tax is Upper-Class War on Poor

Although Berkeley, California claims its “soda tax” cut unhealthy purchases by 21 percent, it mostly taxes poor and exempts the high-sugared coffee treats that the upper-class crave.

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Rep. Paul Gosar: The Government Wants to Join You in Bed — the Tanning Bed

We’ve been watching for some time how one federal agency or another wants to take away your freedom of choice. Usually your freedom is taken from you under the guise of “public safety,” but in reality most of the time it is simply someone who wants to stick their nose in your business because they don’t like what you may like.

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Tasmania Considers Banning Smoking For Under-25s

Not content with merely educating people as to the health risks associated with tobacco, anti-smoking campaigners and politicians in Australia are considering a ban on under-25s being able to smoke, and even a rolling blanket ban. The latest front in the

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British PM Demands Porn Hosts Restrict Access or Face Closure

Prime Minister David Cameron is demanding online pornographers either ‘voluntarily’ install effective age-restricted controls on their websites or risk legislation that could see them closed down altogether. In a move which will see the state assuming the role of parent in regulating children’s

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EU To Filter Out Caffeine Intake (Except In Its Own Buildings)

The European Food Standards Agency wants to limit how much caffeine an adult can consume every day which could see adults banned from frequent visits to coffee shops. According to a report from the European Food Standards Agency, seen by

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Labour MP Wants Hairdressers Regulated

A Welsh MP has called for hairdressers to be officially regulated, to avoid “unscrupulous” and “incompetent” traders. Nia Griffith, Labour MP for Llanelli, raised the issue in a debate in Parliament on Wednesday, saying she was “quite shocked” hairdressers do