The impact of regulation across both the tobacco and the cannabis industries is immense, with the former experiencing ever tightening frameworks, often even on newer, less harmful forms of consumption, and the latter going through a period of rapid, if uneven, liberalisation. This theme examines the key drivers of regulatory mechanics in each industry, interrogating where one may influence the other in the longer term
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Regulatory frameworks determine the performance of both industries and while they are ostensibly moving in contrasting trajectories, each industry will remain heavily shaped by its legislation, making compliance capability table stakes for involvement.
Despite decades of increasingly restrictive measures, tobacco regulation continues to evolve with the likely expansion of birth year bans providing, for the first time, a concrete existential endpoint for the legal sale of cigarettes.
While cannabis legalisation is ongoing, its motivators are various and often relate as much to the control and depression of consumption as liberalisation. This is manifesting in restrictive proposed frameworks and the provision of access to narrowly defined consumer groups.
Tobacco is the original engine of regulatory innovation and legislation in cannabis is heavily influenced by measures pioneered there. The public tend to want to see cannabis treated like tobacco and public health advocates frequently cite tobacco regulation as precedent.
As higher-risk tobacco use declines and attitudes towards cannabis consumption evolve, regulation of each will increasingly align. In the longer term, societies will need to settle on treatment of the ongoing use of both, in the likely absence of significant risk to physical health.
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