Could a scheme for licensing smokers work in Australia?

Simon Chapman
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.11016
Published online: 16 December 2013

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. This effectively guts the major components designed to reduce consumption and stimulate cessation.

  • Simon Chapman

  • School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.


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