Of note, since the introduction of the plain packaging laws in December 2012, the volume of tobacco consumption has plummeted 6.3 per cent. If this was the volume of GDP, we would be approaching an economic depression. While the excise increases, the death of 25,000 smokers from smoking related illness and financial pressures more generally on consumers may have (almost certainly would have) contributed to the collapse in tobacco consumption, it appears that plain packaging laws played their part in the process.
Whatever the reasons, other than smoker's deaths, who cares why people are smoking less?
Let's rejoice at some great news that bodes well for the health system and is wonderful for people's health and well being and all because of government policy intervention.