A couple of things I noticed today. Firstly in the Irish Times:
Terror campaign directed at smoking applies a faulty logic
…Graphic warnings seek to emotionally shove consumers towards the “correct” choice. In championing this policy, Reilly and Borg place far too much faith in the power of fear. In truth, Irish and continental consumers are capable of, and responsible for, shaping their own lives. They do not need the intrusion of well-intentioned, yet deeply misinformed, public health regulators.
It is indeed a form of terrorism. It’s intended to scare people, after all.
And are these terrorists ‘well-intentioned’? I don’t think so.
The other one, on the same topic, was from an antismoker in the Guardian, after expressing his hatred and disgust for smoking:
Despite this, I am more than a little uneasy at the creeping demonisation of smokers by society…
The thing is, the prospect of plain packaging of cigarettes reminds me strongly of visiting East Berlin. Plain packaging is deeply opposed by many people – not just tobacco companies, retailers and special interest groups. Even if plain packaging were a successful intervention and decreased the number of cigarettes smoked, it is a Soviet era-style restriction that does not sit well in a liberal democracy.
An assault on personal freedoms in the name of health is still an assault on democracy. Isn’t it?
Not very often you come across hardcore antismokers with reservations about what’s happening. An ‘assault on democracy’.
Add the two pieces together, and you get a terrorist assault on democracy.