People don't buy smokes based on the pretty packaging they buy them bc they are addicted. Teens don't start smoking bc of the pretty packaging either, as has been said, they smoke bc of the taboo. What brand they decide to smoke *may* be influenced by the packaging but a teen isn't going to see a gold packet, not ever thinking of smoking before and say oohh pretty I think I might take up the habit now.
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16-08-2012 18:32 #31
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16-08-2012 18:33 #32
Actually, when I smoked I can definitely say that packaging would have influenced which brand I bought. A nice Benson & Hedges pack looks so much classier than a Winfield Blue pack or a Peter Jackson pack.
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16-08-2012 18:48 #35Senior Member
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Cigarettes, when used as directed, cause cancer, heart disease, and many other problems.
A person can die from drinking too much water. Any medication or food when abused can cause health problems, so you might as well compare chocolate to cigarette smoking if you are going to compare alcohol.
So comparing alcohol to cigarettes is really using a straw man and clouds the simple debate.
Plain packaging is not designed to just or only put off existing smokers. If it does than that's a bonus. Plain packing is designed to make smoking less attractive to new smokers.
If cigarette smoking was made illegal overnight the black market would expand exponentially within 24 hours - prohibition of a previously legal item never works really well so making cigarettes illegal by an act of parliment won't work and will cause law enforcement extra work. whereas whittling away at the smoking practice will eventually wor IMO.
The tobacco companies are grotesquely rich and powerful. No government can make smoking illegal overnight - it would just about bankrupt even the richest country. Whereas Australia's constant chipping away will eventually work - and hopefully other countries will follow our lead.
I think plain packaging is a wonderful thing and is just one more small thing that will eventually stop the entire tobacco trade altogether
ETA - if the cigarette companies are so sure that plain packaging won't help/change things or effect sales, why did they take this to the high court?
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16-08-2012 19:00 #36
The govt is also making a huge amount of money off addicted people, imo above and beyond what it may cost for their health down the track. This is manipulation. make out they are trying to cut smoking when really they know it will do nothing and they can continue to take advantage of the addicted all the while patting themselves on the back for 'addressing' the habit.
If the govt truly cared they would be providing free quit smoking aids, hypnotherapy etc.
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16-08-2012 19:28 #40
Cigarette plain packaging - awesome ad
If the packaging means nothing why did the Tabacco companies spend so much on fighting it? I strongly believe the power of branding plays a huge part in it. So glad it got up.
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