Here we go.
So Fatso Reilly and his Bully State are lining up for more stupid laws?
There is no reason for this “plain packaging”. The only “proof” that it puts children off smoking is from showing a bunch of kids some brightly coloured boxes and some drab ones and asking them which they preferred. That’s about as logical as my telling Herself to wear a blue dress instead of a green proving that I wear women’s clothes.
Not one of the draconian measures has done anything to reduce smoking. This measure will certainly have no effect whatsoever on the number of people smoking, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the kids started collecting packs like the old cigarette cards to see if they can complete the set.
On the downside, the counterfeiters must be partying like mad and raising their glasses to Fatso. He is about to make their job so much easier. If you want an interesting insight into the packaging industry then have a read of Nannying Tyrants’ “The Enormous Importance of Packaging”. Also if you want to make your fortune, now is the time to go into the business either producing stick-on labels for the packs to hide the ugly Anti-Smoker Porn, or to go into manufacturing cigarette cases and boxes.
We already have the gratuitous porn photos on all packets of tobacco and they don’t make the blindest difference to me. Most are Photoshopped. Most are totally irrelevant. The only reason I dislike them is that they are a constant reminder of the Bully State. Anyway, as soon as I buy a pack I decant the contents into a leather pouch, and their precious “health warnings” go straight in the bin.
Another article well worth reading is Snowdon’s “Ireland, plain packaging and cognitive dissonance” over at the Institute of Economic Affairs.
This is nothing to do with smoking. This is nothing to do with health.
This is yet another move by a tiny minority who wish to further their own personal pathological hatred of smokers and a desire to top the League of Intolerant States.