Idea is plain daft

Idea is plain daft

Idea is plain daft

First published in Letters by

SO THE Government thinks plain packaging for cigarettes is the answer to adolescents taking up smoking. How I wish it were that simple.

It is certainly not a habit to be recommended and I agree that youngsters need to be discouraged from smoking. But I don’t believe plain packets will achieve its aim.

The danger is it will open the flood gates for counterfeit cigarettes which have totally uncontrolled content and can be even more dangerous to health.

We still live, just about, in a free society where people have the right to make their own choices and I do not want to see our freedoms further eroded. What next, plain bottles for booze and brown paper bags for sweets?

Jane Collins, prospective UKIP MEP for Yorkshire & North Lincs, Newport, New Brough.

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12:44pm Wed 9 Apr 14

CaroleBaines says...

There has been a lot of research into this and its also seen to have worked in other nations. Personally I'd trust the view of scientists and health advisers over a UKIP politician - but maybe that is just me!
There has been a lot of research into this and its also seen to have worked in other nations. Personally I'd trust the view of scientists and health advisers over a UKIP politician - but maybe that is just me! CaroleBaines
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1:05pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Fat Harry says...

How will plain packaging open the floodgates? The floodgates are already open, hence every pub in the country has a dodgy character in the corner selling even dodgier fags.

I have no idea whether plain packaging might help reduce the numbers of young people starting to smoke, but Ms Collins' argument against plain packs is completely unconvincing.
How will plain packaging open the floodgates? The floodgates are already open, hence every pub in the country has a dodgy character in the corner selling even dodgier fags. I have no idea whether plain packaging might help reduce the numbers of young people starting to smoke, but Ms Collins' argument against plain packs is completely unconvincing. Fat Harry
  • Score: 5

8:34pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Jonothon says...

I suppose this is really about getting the name of the UKIP candidate in the Press
The tobacco industry says that plain packaging will not affect consumption, so why then are they so vociferously opposed to it? This is the same industry that for years denied that there was a causal link between smoking and cancer. Are they to be trusted?
On the other hand cancer charities say that smoking is the largest preventable cause of cancer death in the UK. Plain packaging will help to reduce unacceptably high tobacco-related cancer burden and the introduction of plain packaging is relatively cost-neutral.

Usually UKIP's policies can be laughed off as raving Godfrey Bloom type buffoonery. However this is not just poorly informed, it is sinister and dangerous, and those most endangered by it are the youngest and most vulnerable.
I suppose this is really about getting the name of the UKIP candidate in the Press The tobacco industry says that plain packaging will not affect consumption, so why then are they so vociferously opposed to it? This is the same industry that for years denied that there was a causal link between smoking and cancer. Are they to be trusted? On the other hand cancer charities say that smoking is the largest preventable cause of cancer death in the UK. Plain packaging will help to reduce unacceptably high tobacco-related cancer burden and the introduction of plain packaging is relatively cost-neutral. Usually UKIP's policies can be laughed off as raving Godfrey Bloom type buffoonery. However this is not just poorly informed, it is sinister and dangerous, and those most endangered by it are the youngest and most vulnerable. Jonothon
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