To the Editor: Magnusson and Currow’s “no-frills” version1 of my proposal for a smokers licence2 places reduction of sales to children as its main goal and removes “non-core” features. Gone are precommitment daily purchasing limits as well as the major financial incentive to surrender the licence by middle age.
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Could a scheme for licensing smokers work in Australia?
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