World No Tobacco Day Embraces the Wrong Approach

May 31st, is World No Tobacco Day.

World No Tobacco Day brings attention to a noble goal, that of reducing tobacco consumption, but embraces the wrong approach needed for consumers and everyday working people.

“The World Health Organization and hundreds of national governments have approached tobacco as a problem to legislate, regulate, and tax away. Branding bands and plain packaging enforced in places such as Australia and France have not proved effective and have used the wrong approach to encourage citizens to cut down on smoking.

“Rather than using resources to promote World No Tobacco Day and try to consolidate global legislation on tobacco, the World Health Organization should focus on harm reduction promoted through the market, which has proven effective in weaning people off tobacco and is scientifically proven to be 95 less harmful than cigarettes.”

“Clearly, the WHO’s approach isn’t working. What is needed is more market alternatives and more consumer choice. We hope national governments will take that message to heart on World No Tobacco Day.”

– Yaël Ossowski, Public Relations Director, Consumer Choice Center.

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About Fred Roeder

Fred Roder has been working in the field of grassroots activism for over eight years. He is a Health Economist from Germany and has worked in healthcare reform and market access in North America, Europe, and several former Soviet Republics. One of his passions is to analyze how disruptive industries and technologies allow consumers more choice at a lower cost. Fred is very interested in consumer choice and regulatory trends in the following industries: FMCG, Sharing Economy, Airlines. In 2014 he organized a protest in Berlin advocating for competition in the Taxi market. Fred has traveled to 100 countries and is looking forward to visiting the other half of the world’s countries. Among many op-eds and media appearances, he has been published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wirtschaftswoche, Die Welt, the BBC, SunTV, ABC Portland News, Montreal Gazette, Handelsblatt, Huffington Post Germany, CityAM. L’Agefi, and The Guardian. Since 2012 he serves as an Associated Researcher at the Montreal Economic Institute.