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Cigarette plain-package – “unintended consequences”?


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British American Tobacco Australia spokesman Scott McIntyre said the industry was “extremely disappointed” by a decision upholding a bad piece of law that would have serious unintended consequences.”

See: Cigarette ruling to light way for others

Yeah, “unintended consequences”.

Like cutting down tobacco use and saving lives?

I can see how tobacco companies are up in arms on this issue. They are so concerned for our welfare that they are fighting to save their branding.

It’s critically important that when a 14 year old looks at a packet of cigarettes, that they can choose between Brand ‘X’ and Brand ‘Y’ to kill themselves.

Pretty pictures on cigarette packets help kids make that all-important decision.

Tobacco companies.

Here to help us.




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  1. Matt
    22 August 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Sooner we legislate away these scumbags the better.

  2. Sentient Headmounted Laser
    22 August 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Think of the savings on advertising and design! Not to mention print!

  3. John Speak
    22 August 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Any kind of legislation that affects any kind of branding must be bad! The Brand is King! Long live The Brand!!

  4. Keith S
    22 August 2012 at 3:01 pm

    “Tobacco companies.Here to help us.”

    Is that something that would not be out of place on a Tui billboard Frank? I’d think so

    • 22 August 2012 at 8:27 pm

      ‎@ Keith – I might sell it to Tui. Give the proceeds to Child Poverty Action Group or somesuch…

  5. Max D
    22 August 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Can’t wait till all our alcohol and food also have plain packaging! Woohoo! So sick of seeing awesome cool designs on NZ craft beers! Get rid of em!

    • 22 August 2012 at 8:06 pm

      Funny how fish and chips doesn’t need fancy branding, advertising, and wrapping… 😉

      • John Speak
        22 August 2012 at 8:09 pm

        As I recall, back in the good old days fish and chips wrapping was fancy branding and advertising. Yesterdays newspaper…

    • Matthew
      22 August 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Max D. Alcohol branding has nothing in common with cigarette branding. Just as alcohol control and tobacco control are different things. It’s an argument from false analogy. It’s a predominant meme, along with “it’s my choice”, “it’s legal” and “Nanny state”. The pro-tobacco lot are getting desperate now, and they have to rely on arguments that just don’t make any sense. Their “intellectual property” argument is also a whole pile of shit.

  6. 25 August 2012 at 10:48 am

    John Speak :

    As I recall, back in the good old days fish and chips wrapping was fancy branding and advertising. Yesterdays newspaper…

    Ah, indeed, John.

    I remember when it was Dad’s “turn to cook”, he’d bring home a big pile of fish and chip, wrapped in newspaper, with grease already starting to seep through. We’d all pile around; tomato sauce everywhere; and ho in. The only branding was the squeeze bottle of Watties tomato sauce.

    You couldn’t get more Kiwi than that.

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