Over at Australia’s premier lunacy blog Ratchel Conner from the Smoker’s Rights Party is arguing for lower excises on cigarettes, abolishing plain packaging and abolishing restrictions on smoking in private premises. Her argument is that smokers should pay no more than the non-internalised health costs they impose (wrong if you are a Pigouvian), that plain packaging limits incentives to innovate safe cigarettes etc etc. The last point is a joke given the history of deceit behind the murderous intent of big tobacco. Of course the companies actively seek to promote the line that Ratchel is pushing.
Update: The cretins are now defending political donations to the Coalition from “Big” tobacco. Just what is needed to reduce the incidence of lung cancer!