May 2016

Professor Davidson - Unintended Consequences of Plain Packaging: Reflecting on Impacts in Australia

11:45am-1:30pm | Hilton Toronto - 145 Richmond Street West, Toronto

Sinclair Davidson, renowned professor/scholar of Institutional Economics at RMIT University in Melbourne, visits Toronto as part of a cross-country tour to share insights from his conclusive research on tobacco product plain packaging in Australia. Professor Davidson will highlight key lessons other countries (including Canada) can learn from the surprising results of the Australian experiment.

Plain packaging of tobacco products is an experiment in tobacco control which has been tested in only one jurisdiction: Australia. Data from the Australian government demonstrates that plain packaging failed to achieve its objectives in reducing tobacco usage in Australia. At the same time, plain packaging of tobacco products has produced a number of significant, negative unintended consequences in Australia, including: Harming tobacco retailers through reduced speed of service, increased security concerns and lost revenue due to down trading - Enabling the proliferation of contraband tobacco in Australia. Other jurisdictions, including Canada, which are considering implementing plain packaging in the same manner as Australia must consider both the failure of plain packaging to reduce tobacco usage as well as the harmful negative consequences that plain packaging has produced.

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

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Sinclair Davidson

Professor of Institutional Economics
School of Economics, Finance & Marketing - RMIT University

Sinclair Davidson

Sinclair Davidson is Professor of Institutional Economics in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. He is a regular contributor to public debate. His opinion pieces have been published in The Age, The Australian, Australian Financial Review, The Conversation, Daily Telegraph, The Drum, Sydney Morning Herald, and Wall Street Journal Asia. Sinclair has published in academic journals such as the European Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and the Cato Journal.

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