There seems to be a huge divide in the UK this weekend.
This is the weekend of course where “plain packs” are introduced, packs of 10 are banned and electrofag users start to enjoy being picked on by the Tobacco Control Industry.
On one side of the divide we have Tobacco Control. They have been partying and having orgasms of delight at this major step towards eliminating Big Tobacco. This weekend’s measures are a huge nail in the coffin of the hated industry, a “major milestone” and a gigantic step towards eliminating smokers.
On the other side of the divide we have those who are directly affected by the measures, and from what I can see, the measures have been met with resounding indifference and more than a little mirth. Some vapers of course weren’t to happy when they finally and irrevocably realised that Tobacco Control wasn’t on their side after all, but then we did warn them and they only have themselves to blame.
If anything, this weekend has shown how Tobacco Control is completely out of touch with reality. They reckon that medical porn is going to strike to the very heart of smokers, yet they overlook the fact that the same images have been around for a very long time. Making the images a bit bigger is hardly going to make a difference? Everyone is used used to just ignoring them.
They also seem to think that banning packs of 10 is another huge milestone. They claim that it’s to allow room for their porn, but the same measure was introduced here in Ireland many years ago and the excuse here was that somehow only the cheeeldren bought those packs. Retailers were of course delighted as it cut down on shelf space and the only people who were really affected were the elderly and those trying to cut back a bit. Needless to say those people just switched to buying bigger packs.
I am actually a little confused by the ban on small packs. It would appear to be a move to encourage people to buy twice as much and make fewer trips to the shop, yet electrofags have gone in the opposite direction and made the supply smaller just causing more trips to the vape shop. Another face-slap moment for Tobacco Control?
One of the greatest indicators of the low intelligence in Tobacco Control was the hissy fit they threw in the last few days over cigarettes being sold in tins. Every toy in the pram was thrown out as they screamed how Big Tobacco were flouting the law [they weren’t] and weren’t “entering into the spirit”. Tins will encourage people to decant from drab packets into glitzy tins? So what? Even people with IQs in single digits have predicted this would happen but apparently in the rarified atmosphere of Tobacco Control, it never occurred to them?
In the course of my meanderings through the Interwebs I came across a video on Christopher Snowdon’s site.
It’s worth watching in full.
It would be funny if it weren’t so sad.