The same people who pontificated throughout Covid, arguing for lockdowns, masks that didn’t work and mandatory vaccines, are now telling us the world is ending because David Seymour, Christopher Luxon and Winston Peters are reversing their prohibition on tobacco.
Prohibition, which never works, would lead to the obvious; criminal gangs selling tobacco and New Zealand ending up like Australia or Ireland where criminal gangs provide 20% of the illicit supply. Prohibition will work about as well as it does with cannabis, funding the criminal organisations that National has promised to crack down on.
Eric Crampton is enjoying himself pointing out their stupidity:
These people have failed to comprehend that cigarette sales are falling rapidly and not because of plain packaging or price increases. They are falling rapidly because there is a substitute that allows smokers to transition away from cigarettes to products that do not have carcinogens because they do not burn tobacco.
Unlike proper scientists who test a hypothesis and modify it according to data, the bludger class are ignoring the great progress we have made in reducing the number of smokers. Twenty years ago if they had been offered products like vapes that would dramatically reduce the rate of smoking you would hope they would have promoted it heavily. Instead, they probably would have moralised and insisted that we all listen to them like they did during Covid.
The tragedy of all this, just as with the tragic nanny state COVID response, is that the people who are promoting the cause aren’t run out of town on a rail. Their side lost the election and they are sore losers, attacking the government for not listening to them.
Cam Slater is a New Zealand-based blogger, best known for his role in Dirty Politics and publishing the Whale Oil Beef Hooked blog, which operated from 2005 until it closed in 2019. Cam blogs regularly on the BFD - where this article was sourced.