Why libertarians can't agree on plain-pack ciggies

Clashing concepts of personal and corporate freedom have MPs at loggerheads… but Tony Abbott has, in fact, cast his vote on the packaging question long ago.

If there is one thing the recent debate over the plain packaging of cigarettes has achieved, it is to highlight the confused notions of ‘liberty’ involved in arguing for or against tobacco control.

On the one hand, right-libertarian elements have argued that a legal product such as tobacco should not be targeted with ‘nanny state’ restrictions.

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