I see that Nanny's ongoing war against the "scourge" of smoking continues apace.
Andy Burnham, the health secretary, recently revealed plans to halve the number of smokers in the UK by 2020 (that will severely dent Nanny's tax revenues!).
How will this be achieved?
- Nanny intends to legislate to make it illegal to smoke in public doorways and possibly in public open spaces (such as parks).
- Nanny intends to make social workers lecture people in their own homes about the "evils" of smoking in their own homes.
- Nanny intends to eliminate all forms of product differentiation, by insisting that fag packets be printed in an anonymous grey colour without any form of branding.
Here's why this is all bollocks:
1 Smoking in public parks etc does not pose a health risk to others. A far greater health risk is posed by fumes from cars and lorries.
2 Banning smoking in parks etc would be unenforceable, unless Nanny creates a whole new "elite" force of jobsworths (whose only function is to go round fining smokers for smoking a perfectly legal product, that has already been taxed).
3 What people eat, drink and smoke in their own homes is their business. Social workers have more than enough on their plate, cleaning up Nanny's feral society, without adding "smoking enforcement officer" to their titles.
4 Creating a "grey" brand will simply make the product more alluring (as is makes it seem even more "forbidden"). Grey will add a "cool/stylish" image to fags.
Why not go one step further and ban fag packets altogether?
Why not sell fags in small plastic bags, or wraps?
After all, that branding procedure hasn't made cocaine the number one clubbing drug of choice has it?
5 Remove the branding, and the market will be further swamped with counterfeits.
6 Politicians are the largest (in every sense of the word) substance abusers on the planet. They are not in a position to lecture us on what is good/bad for us.
All in all a very stupid set of suggestions, from a very stupid government.
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