Hello to you all from here Down Under. Just a quick update, this morning I purchased a 50 gram tin of Peterson's Elizabethan Mixture and a 50 gram tin of Peterson's Irish Cask. This transaction can stand as a general warning to those of you in other nations around the world yet to feel the full weight of government tobacco policy and where it can lead. My 2 innocuous tins of pipe tobacco cost me ... AUD$260... !!! We are being slowly squeezed out of our ability to enjoy a quiet pipe of quality tobacco as a pleasant pastime. I'm sure others have posted info regarding Australia's extraordinarily tough stance towards all things tobacco and, I freely admit that smoking tobacco can potentially affect one's health. But, adults of tax-paying and voting age should be allowed to freely choose what level of risk they are willing to expose themselves to rather than have it dictated to them like little children. As in many other countries, alcohol is a massive behemoth of an industry down here and is widely available and, alongside the gambling industry, is thrust in the faces of every man, woman and child on a daily basis. Yet one cannot enjoy a quiet pipe of one's favourite Virginia blend on a warm, spring afternoon, or sit in contemplation of an autumn evening gently sipping on a bowl of fine English pipe tobacco. I believe these types of government taxation and regulation will be spreading far and wide. Surely, it is only a matter of time. Apologies for such a grim post!! Wishing my fellow pipe-smokers all the best.