READER REPORT:

Plain cigarette packs are plain wrong

JOHN MURPHY
Last updated 05:01 21/02/2013
TARIANA TURIA: Plain packaging would reduce the last hint of glamour from smoking.
PHIL REID

TARIANA TURIA: The Government says plain packaging will reduce the last hint of glamour from smoking.

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The Government has indicated it is going to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes, but I believe that plain packets are simply, plain wrong.

If all smoke products contain graphic health warnings then why not do the same for alcohol, fatty foods, animal tested products and medications?

This move simply shows we live in a plain world. It's not the smoking that kills us, it's our lifestyles that kill us. There are already several effective ways to quit and discourage smoking, and plain packaging won't make a difference.

There are already many measures in place to stop smoking: It is banned in public places, workplaces, bars, clubs and restaurants; all advertising of tobacco products is banned; there are annual tax increases and smokes are hidden behind closed doors at retailers.

I do agree smoking is harmful, but disagree with plain packets.

It wouldn't surprise me if the tobacco industry doesn't start looking for more new ways to get their products promoted without us noticing.


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