Cigarettes could soon be produced in unpleasant colours, with health warnings emblazoned across the stick, under new proposals to make smoking unglamorous.
Experts believe the white papers which traditionally encase tobacco have connotations of purity and cleanliness.
They have conducted research which suggests producing cigarettes in unappealing browns and greens, to represent yellowing teeth or even phlegm, will make them look distasteful, particularly to style-conscious young women.
Government officials are understood to be looking closely at the study, which is based on the observations of 120 men and women who regularly light up…
The UK is already preparing for next year’s introduction of standardised cigarette packets, which will be stripped of branding and produced in a bland colour with large picture warnings.
Now the standardised packaging revolution could target the contents of the packs.
I had foreseen this.
I don’t think that it’ll make an iota of difference. Because I don’t think there’s such a thing as an ugly or unappealing colour. A lot of cigarettes are brown already. And some are yellow.
The cigarettes I smoke already aren’t very appealing. My roll-ups are usually a bit lumpy. And sometimes they’re bent as well. Not that I give a damn.
What I want to know is: if they can play around with the packaging outside, what’s to stop them playing around with the product inside, and introducing toxic chemicals into the tobacco or paper?
I can see how they might justify it. They’d probably say that smoking cigarettes kills most smokers anyway, so the addition of further toxins (e.g. arsenic) won’t make any difference to something that’s highly toxic already.
And also, if they can’t persuade smokers to stop smoking, then killing smokers will be the only path left. The Final Solution. All “for their own good”, of course.
And do they start doing the same with alcohol, sugar, etc? Are these also going to be laced with arsenic in the name of Public Health?