So they are going to ban flavoured tobacco and stylish cigarette packaging?
Why should I care? I’m not interested in cigarette packets and I don’t smoke flavoured tobacco so their proposals don’t affect me.
Or do they?
This is yet another step in the relentless march of the Righteous Puritans in their petty obsession with denormalising smokers. It is based on nothing but personal prejudice, as they haven’t a single fact to back up their twisted logic.
Of course they use the bleeding heart excuse that this is “to protect our children”. How? Correct me if I am wrong, but it is illegal to advertise cigarettes in this country. It is illegal to display cigarettes in this country. It is illegal for anyone under 18 to buy cigarettes in this country, so will someone please tell me how the tobacco industry is “targeting children”? The tobacco industry cannot target anyone if they cannot advertise or even display their produce in public. Enforcing the existing draconian laws is more than sufficient, yet they still have to march on introducing yet more rules, laws and regulations.
So this move annoys me because it is nothing more than yet another petty vindictive move by a narrow minded minister, whose Department of Health is probably killing far more people than cigarettes ever did.