As a smoker I think I would welcome it, but I am probably in the minority.
I’ve been smoking for years – I stopped smoking once for about 9 months, then fell of that wagon; as it were.
But instead of all these draconian laws where the retailer has to hide their stock of cigarettes – why not simply ban the lot? If, as many, many experts say – smoking is so bad for you, the country and the healthcare system – then that would be the logical thing to do, no?
My opposition to this is that I do believe in choice – I do believe that governments should legalise such things as marijuana, and some “hard” drugs as well, I do believe that they can then be controlled and taxed. But that is a completely different topic. This is about tobacco and cigarettes in particular and, as we all know the mantra “think of the children”.
If these so-called experts think that children just go in a shop/store – look at a display and then think – “oh that would be so cool!” and go and buy a pack of 10 cigs, they are quite wrong. They do, invariably, steal the cigarettes from parents or siblings. Friends introduce them to smoking and off they jolly-well go.
But, as always, there is a downside – and that downside is that people will be selling much more contraband cigarettes, smuggling is always rife when taxes are too high and goods that people want are, in effect, banned.
Here there is already a crackdown on ‘illegal’ cigarettes – illegal in that they can be sold to one section of society and not another. Advertising on TV that tells you all about them and why they are illegal. Pure waste of tax payers money to me.
So what is the answer in stopping people smoking? The threat of a slow death obviously doesn’t work – high taxes just brings about contraband products, hiding the cigs under the counter just means more chocolate will displayed (how long will it be before government says that chocolate has to be hidden because it makes people obese?) banning smoking in public places hasn’t stopped smoking either.
So, please tell me, what is the answer?