So they have announced that Plain Cigarette Packs are on the way here.
What better time to announce it than when all eyes are on the UK’s Brexit?
The “Minister” who announced it was on the radio yesterday morning. First of all, she was asked “how plain?”. The answer was no trademarks, no logos, no colours and no graphics. I was a bit disappointed at this as I was looking forward to collecting more medical porn.
She was asked why.
Apparently packaging is the only advertising the tobacco companies have left.
Now how exactly does that work? How does advertising work if no one can see it? There are no advertisements on radio or television, in newspapers or billboards, in shops or at sports events. So when precisely are we to see this advertising? It can’t be in the shops because all the packets are behind doors. So what use is advertising if no one can see or hear it? If a cigarette packet falls in the forest, does it make a sound?
We know that 6,000 people a day are dying as a result of cigarette smoke? No we don’t. Name one. Shouldn’t be too hard? A makey uppy figure if ever I heard one.
She was then asked what the evidence was that plain packets work.
Why do we have brand or marketing at all? … This is the last tool that the tobacco industry has.
She was asked for proof that it works.
It works! May I dodge that question and start on about eliminating smoking by 2025?
She was asked again.
The UK and France have introduced plain packaging too.?
Nonsense! We know that tobacco is killing people. It is our responsibility as legislators to ensure that we protect particularly our cheeeldren.. blah blah blah…..
The bottom line – they are floundering around in the dark and are bringing plain packaging in just to keep up with the Joneses.
Do have a listen.