As and from tomorrow, all tobacco products have, by law to carry a prominent image on them in Ireland.
They are using the standard images that have been around for a while, and I must say they brighten up the packets, somewhat.
Frankly I find the images amusing. They are obviously are designed to shock but bear so little resemblance to life that they are rather pathetic. What has a child in an oxygen mask got to do with anything? It it a feeble attempt to persuade all smokers that their children will all end up in Intensive Care?
Naturally they drag out the old Black Lung. This is one of the great lies perpetrated by the Tobacco Control Industry and has been debunked many times over. For those of you who are still not convinced, I would ask one simple question – how come smokers’ lungs are frequently used in lung transplant operations? If a smoker’s lungs are supposed to look so horrific, then surely any surgeon would refuse to transplant?
One of my favourites is the image of the hypodermic needle [unfortunately I don’t have a sample to hand] with the message that smoking is addictive. I have seen many things in my years but I have yet to see anyone injecting nicotine!
Maybe I am missing out on something?