Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The attack on smokers continues unabated?

The rapid change from an acceptable but unhealthy habit to a socially unacceptable pastime continues unabated. The minimum age is going up from 16 to 18 and there will be some graphic images on the outside of the cartons. Read here.

Must be a marketing opportunity for the roll your own brigade and the carton wrapping companies. In fact, I'm actually thinking there might be an opportunity here for me to make some money. I could set up a service where I get polish immigrants to take cigarettes from the manufacturers packets and repackage them to sell on to those wimps too scared to look at the packets. Buy them in bulk and sell them on.

I am however thinking that in a maximum of five years cigarettes will be a classified drug. Just has to be the next step. Soon we will be seeing dawn raids by our armed executioners who will be planting cigarettes on people. Look Guv! He has a Benson & Hedges in his top pocket. Book him Danno. Smoking One.

I wonder how long cigarettes last in storage?


At 8:05 am, Blogger Henry Crun said...


No chance ciggies will ever get reclassified. As long as Mr Broon-troosers is raking it in off the top, cigs will remain on sale to the general public.

It's a bit of a double-edged sword for the govt. On the one hand they beat us up about our health and threaten to refuse to treat smokers and the obese (btw what counts as obese these days, anorexics find it hard to get treatment, fat people are refused treatment - pretty soon the NHS will be all but redundant) but are loath to ban cigs as the treasury would lose billions in tax revenue.

At 2:09 pm, Blogger Sir James Robison said...

The way they did it in Australia and Canada was through relentless education. They didn't win the battle to stop smoking but made a huge dent in it. To legislate smokers out of existence is precisely the wrong move.

At 5:09 pm, Blogger Bag said...

The money collected from cigarettes could easily be taken from the rest of the population as tax increases to fund terrorism, clamp down on bad guys and give some poor nurses a few extra bob.Of course it will instead go into the blaoted government coffers. There is plenty of space there at the moment.

At 8:25 am, Blogger Henry Crun said...

Not so much "bloated coffers" but black hole. Mr Broo-troosers has been mortgaging his spending spree since day one. The clucking of roosting chickens has only just started.

I'm considering moving to Scotland for a short while so I can vote yes in the independence referendum. In fact, why don't we start a campaign - seeing as Scottish MPs can vote on English matters, why can't English voters have a say in the Scottish referendum? A cracking idea and one guaranteed to get rid of the Broons and the rest of his Jockuza.

At 9:56 pm, Blogger Bag said...

That would be hilarious if that was rated on the voting site. Then we wouldknow which way the votes would go.

Howver, we all know that wont happen but the scots will be able to vote for moremoney from us.


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