Probably the single most disabling condition in modern Australian society is smoking. More than 15,000 people are killed by smoking annually and many hundreds of thousand face debilitating illness. This is 10 times greater than the annual road toll and represents more than 40 people killed every day!
Pretty much any measure that reduces smoking and saves a single life is surely something worth supporting and it comes as a surprise to see the kerfuffle over plain paper packaging of cigarettes.
The ‘Alliance of Australian Retailers’ is opposed to plain paper packaging, claiming it will hurt their businesses. I had a look at the Alliance’s website – a single issue shameful effort.
There’s no indication on their website as to why that might happen or what evidence supports the claim a move to plain packaging will mean they are required to increase their efforts to promote early death and disability in order to retain a ‘healthy’ profit (we need to think about this maybe?).
Here’s the truth: Smoking kills, injures and debilitates more of our loved ones than any other factor in our society. The parasites that profit from such a trade are morally bankrupt and without a trace of decency.
Let’s have plain paper packaging, let’s have increased taxes on fags, let’s have greater education to help smokers quit and let’s not listen to dodgy non-transparent ‘interest’ groups that bang a tobacco industry drum.
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