Cigarettes needn’t be concealed

I am 20 years old. I can vote, rent a house and buy enough tequila to drown a very small elephant. The British government seems to think that despite all this, I am incapable of thinking for myself.

Cigarette stands are now covered up so that I am saved from seeing the corrupting influences of tobacco products. You see, if I see a packet of Rizla, I might be overtaken by a massive desire to smoke 40 cigarettes, at the same time.

They’re even thinking of banning brand names and colour on the packaging of tobacco products, in case the bright colours and unique packaging make children think that smoking is cool.

If brand names and logos can fill children with an unquenchable desire to smoke (a desire that lasts until they are legally able to buy tobacco products) then how is it that the bright, colourful and eye catching packets of sweets and junk food products offer no temptation at all?

It’s not like getting addicted to junk food is dangerous at all. Or getting addicted to alcohol, which is advertised as a glamorous necessity in life. Medical conditions linked to obesity or drinking too much are never serious.

The fact is, no matter how you try to restrict them, people will smoke. Taking brand names and colours away isn’t going to change anything. It’s just going to level the playing field for tobacco companies selling their products.


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August 2022
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