Wonder what you make of this move that Government is plainly preparing to make?
A UK-wide consultation on government plans to introduce mandatory plain packaging for tobacco will close later. It was extended by a month to allow more people to respond after strong public interest in the issue. The proposal could mean information about individual brands being removed from cigarette packets, with just the name and warnings visible. Plain packaging is seen by campaigners as the next step in discouraging young people from taking up smoking. It could mean every sign of individual brands, from their logo, colour or typeface, being replaced by standard packaging simply carrying warnings and the name of the cigarettes. Packets are likely to be a dark olive green.
I don’t smoke but this seems totally draconian and indeed totalitarian. If Government really wants to stop young people smoking, why not just BAN tobacco? Ah, that would mean foregoing all that healthy revenue obtained via tax. So this is simply glorified Nannyism, albeit on a grand scale. Remember, the State always knows what is best for you.