Tobacco firms refused plain packaging appeal permission

Print Week: Students For Liberty and the Consumer Choice Center jointly host a plain packaged “nanny state store” to protest against such regulations.

Students For Liberty, a network of pro-liberty students from across the world, and the Consumer Choice Center are jointly hosting a plain packaged “nanny state store” to protest against such regulations.

Open today (20 April) between 10.30am and 3pm at 3 Cheshire Street, Shoreditch, London, the store is handing out “government approved” soft drinks, crisps and chocolate bars, which the group said will be overpriced due to excessive tax and regulation and will come complete with the latest alarmist health warnings.

Students For Liberty local co-ordinator Alex Christakou said: “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.

“The question we want to ask is: Do we want a government that treats adults like children? Or do we want a society that respects an adult’s freedom to choose?”

The group said the UK is subject to some of Europe’s heaviest sin taxes on cigarettes and alcohol and highlighted the plain packaging ruling for cigarettes as a particular concern.

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