So they are going to ban flavoured tobacco and stylish cigarette packaging?
Why should I care? I’m not interested in cigarette packets and I don’t smoke flavoured tobacco so their proposals don’t affect me.
Or do they?
This is yet another step in the relentless march of the Righteous Puritans in their petty obsession with denormalising smokers. It is based on nothing but personal prejudice, as they haven’t a single fact to back up their twisted logic.
Of course they use the bleeding heart excuse that this is “to protect our children”. How? Correct me if I am wrong, but it is illegal to advertise cigarettes in this country. It is illegal to display cigarettes in this country. It is illegal for anyone under 18 to buy cigarettes in this country, so will someone please tell me how the tobacco industry is “targeting children”? The tobacco industry cannot target anyone if they cannot advertise or even display their produce in public. Enforcing the existing draconian laws is more than sufficient, yet they still have to march on introducing yet more rules, laws and regulations.
So this move annoys me because it is nothing more than yet another petty vindictive move by a narrow minded minister, whose Department of Health is probably killing far more people than cigarettes ever did.
I read an interesting suggestion today over on the Forest Eireann site.
John Mallon suggests that alternative images on cigarette packaging may be more successful in cutting down smoking rates.
Do you know, I think he really might be on to something there?
It would be enough for me…..
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?
This has nothing to do with children.
This has nothing to do with health.
This is just another petty vindictive move by a bunch of small minded bigots who have a pathological hatred of smokers, or indeed of anyone enjoying themselves.
It is an unworkable law. Various police forces around the world have stated that it is unworkable, as it is almost impossible to enforce. So the next step will be to ban smoking in all cars whether there is a child or not, just in case there might be a child.
I have watched these anti-smoker zealots. They are humourless joyless individuals. They were the kids who were never picked for games in the playground and who consoled themselves by pulling the wings off flies. They were the kids who licked up to the school bully just to get a little protection. Now they have found themselves a new bully of the political variety and they are wetting themselves with joy.
It’s time someone pulled their wings off.