Has the government gone too far with this proposed legislation? ie the decision that cigarettes may only be sold in the same olive green plain packs with no branding obvious?
The tobacco companies will fight this hard in court.
Wouldn't such a change remove any capacity on the part of manufacturers for a competitive advantage in any visual sense, and thus leave them with only price on which to compete? And then isn't that going to drive price down and defeat the supposed objective of making it harder for people to smoke?
And if cigarettes are going to be so treated, should we also be seeing cessation of advertising for calorie and fat laden fast foods, ditto confectionery and alcohol?
Seems to be a peculiar disconnect between the penalties on the unfortunate smoking addicts and the assistance provided to heroin addicts with their free syringes, safe injecting rooms etc (and yes, I understand the principle of harm minimisation), bearing in mind that one product is legal and the other illegal.
I'm interested to know what others think? Should fried chips/hamburgers etc only be allowed to be sold in plain packaging? Attractive packaging for alcohol banned?