Monday, 9 March 2009

Health Bill Says Goodbye to Marlboro Country

The government's Health Bill which includes having cigarettes sold under the counter has an additional proposal to:
….. ban or restrict the sale or supply of tobacco products if they are sold in packaging that does not comply with regulations.... If passed this will allow the Health Secretary to dictate the colour of cigarette packs, their shape, the trademarks displayed on them and any labelling..... (read on)
Amazing what next? Lighters that only light once every two hours, cigarettes that shout abuse while you smoke, cough as you exhale, or giving the picture and large warning on the packet clearly isn't enough, why not just have the cigarettes put into a cancerous lung and sold. These additional laws are just taking the biscuit, treating people like they're purchasing a snuff film, rather than a pack of 20 cigarettes is just ridiculous.

It's easy to pretend your being tough on health by targeting smokers, yet I can't help but feel there's something missing here . . . . Maybe as I walk down the high street on a Saturday evening, watching out for the vomit, scraps of donner kebabs, remains of Big Mac's, smashed bottles and chubby kids buying carrier bags full of junk food, it will come to me.

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