Today is World No Tobacco Day.
I just checked the cupboard where I keep my supplies and my stash is still there so it seems their little ploy isn't working.
The WHO are celebrating today by screaming about the illegal trade in tobacco. They are also screaming about wanting to increase the cost of the said tobacco. Now in the hermetically sealed world of the Tobacco Control Industry, this may make sense, but in the real world the laws of economics apply – if your prices are too high then your customers will go elsewhere and you don't combat this by raising your prices further. Elementary, my dear Watson.
Of course the WHO have the ides that if you keep raising prices and stop the illicit trade that people will be forced to quit smoking. This ain't gonna happen for the simple reason that if there is a demand, there will be a supply and the more they clamp down on smuggling, the more devious the smugglers will become. The more the price is increased, the greater the incentive to smuggle.
Today is also the day that ASH starts its "Wrinkler" campaign. Doubtless Twitter will be alive with the anti-smokers hugging each other and congratulating themselves on this stroke of genius? They will all tweet about how funny it is and how clever it is and I'm happy for them. It's nice to see something bringing some joy into their sad little lives.
For a while now they have been hauling some bloke around the States dressed as a pink blob. I'm not quite sure of the concept here and I'm not sure what impact a pink blob will have on the world at large, but the Antis were having orgasms over him and frantically tweeted about him at every opportunity. But there again I get the strong impression that these gimmicks are just for their own amusement and a good way to spend the massive grants they get from the taxpayers' ill gotten gains.
At least the Wrinker thing will give the bloke in the blob a bit of a rest? Poor chap.
I have seen that Wrinkler video described as a "hilarious parody" [hilarious??]. Does that make my wee post on Friday a hilarious parody on a hilarious parody?
I did a wee search for "the wrinkler" on Google yesterday.
My little effort appeared on the first page in the top ten alongside ASH..
I'm expecting some traffic from that.
Don't fuck with a professional!!