Submission to the Legislative Council Inquiry into the Public Health Amendment
Establishing by statute a ‘tobacco-free generation' is effectively prohibition by stealth, which will
separate Tasmanians into two separate classes. Prohibition is ineffective as it strengthens the illicit
tobacco market, which has been growing consistently since the introduction of mandatory plain
packaging of tobacco products in 2011. This submission has three core areas of focus:
• The effects of enacting a ‘tobacco-free generation' in Tasmania;
• The illicit market for tobacco in Australia;
• Prohibition as an example of paternalism.