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Plain packaging rules in Georgia violate the rule of law

Regulation of smoking has always been an interesting area of consideration when it comes to freedom, with both those who are in favour of regulation and those who are against it making arguments based in the theory of individual liberty. Those who favour regulation assert that non-smokers’ right to health is being violated and those against assert that smokers’ freedom of choice is being violated.

Whatever the case, any regulation should adhere to the precepts of the rule of law absolutely, and adhere as far as it can to the demands of economic reality…

Read the rest at: CNBC Africa

Stricter Regulations Are Not the Answer to Lower Smoking Rates

Regulations on the tobacco industry are nothing new to Americans. As early as the 1950s, the U.S. government has made efforts to regulate the industry, from public service announcements to advertising regulations such as the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act in 1965. It wasn’t until 2010 when the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was enacted into law that the Food and Drug Administration gained the power to regulate the tobacco industry.

The intention to curb smoking and improve public health is a common mission of governments around the world, but often the solutions they impose come in the form of burdensome regulations and misinformation campaigns….

Read the rest at: RealClearHealth

Don’t Nanny Me: A London Store Protests Lifestyle Regulations

Risen eyebrows, perplexed faces: some visitors at The Society Club on Cheshire Street in Shoreditch, London looked slightly confused at the sight of the city’s very first Nanny Store on April 20. For one day only, the student group Students for Liberty and the Consumer Choice Center took on themselves to ridicule the creeping interventionist nature of what is often referred to as the Nanny State: the overregulation of people’s habits.

Chocolate bars, cans of soda, crisps: all plain packaged and covered in warning labels such as “Chocolate seriously increases your risk of obesity,” the products sold at the student’s Nanny Store surely come off as patronizing. “I wouldn’t want to live in country where this would be real,” says one customer.

“It was our goal to start the Nanny State Store in London to mock the increasing level of lifestyle regulations being passed by all levels of government. Students For Liberty has done this successfully around the world, and we wanted to bring the fight to the UK,” says Alex Christakou, local coordinator with Students For Liberty

Read more at the Daily Caller

Klink: Amazon, but for Alcohol?

It’s Uber, but for alcohol.

Actually, Klink is more like Amazon but for alcohol. Or maybe neither.

Picture this: You’re hosting a fancy birthday party for your spouse, but midway through the party you realize the champagne supply is running dangerously low. As the host, you can’t leave your guests without someone providing hospitality. Besides, you’ve been drinking and would rather not drive.

Enter Klink, an alcohol delivery company that connects retailers and customers. Whether you want $6.00 bottles of Andre or a $180 bottle of Dom Perignon, Klink will deliver it to you in under an hour for the product price plus $3.87 and taxes.

You can already use this service if you live in Washington, D.C.; Orlando, Fla.; Miami; or Ann Arbor, Mich. Even if you live just across the Potomac River in Virginia, Klink can’t deliver across the state line without risking legal issues.

The Washington Examiner tested Klink to see if it was as advertised. For a 750-ml bottle of Bushmills Irish whiskey, the final price was $34.93, including tax, delivery and tip. At a nearby liquor store, the final price for the same product would have been $30.79, including tax. Not bad, considering the 10 percent tip was optional and we saved ourselves a walk. Delivery came in just 30 minutes, and the product was up to snuff, as determined by the editors’ rigorous testing.

It’s a nice innovation. But with Klink, as with many startups, government regulation reared its ugly head at the beginning.

“We spent almost 10 months doing nothing but figuring out ‘how do we structure this business legally?’,” Klink founder and CEO Jeffrey Nadel said at a Cato Institute event on Thursday. “The finger is kind of pressed on the scale in favor of not innovating, because the risk is heightened to innovating. ‘Am I going to end up on the wrong side of regulators?’ That’s what retailers ask themselves.” It took just 17 days for regulators to contact Klink after they started operating in Florida. Nadel also said Klink is similar to Uber, but operates under an entirely different regulatory framework given their different industries.

Read the rest at the Washington Examiner…