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Fun with plain packaging.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 12:34
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I was a bit disappointed with the plain packaging, a misnomer if there ever was one. I was vaguely expecting something sleek and stylish, like Apple packaging but no, they have just made the warnings and pictures bigger and reduced the brand name to a single line of 6 point type.

I got two good ones this week (paraphrasing slightly).

1. Children of smokers are more likely to smoke (than children of non-smokers).

2. Smoking reduces your fertility.

So, assuming those even to be measurably true, doesn’t the problem cancel out? Children of smokers have are more likely to smoke, but there are fewer of them etc.

In any event, reason 2 is nonsensical. Most people spend most of their lives trying not to get themselves or their partner pregnant. A couple of years ‘trying for a baby’ after you get married, have a couple of babies, job done, back on the tabs.

Anyway, free market capitalism being what it is, no doubt sooner or later somebody will start making natty pouches into which you can tuck your stupid packaging out of sight. The old tins were nice but too big, so your tobacco dried out unless you mucked about with slices of lemon etc.


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