Tobacconists took to the streets of French cities on Tuesday to protest against the introduction of plain packaging on cigarettes packets. The controversial measure, which is part of the government’s new health bill, will be discussed in the Senate on 14 September.
The planned introduction of plain cigarette packaging was initially dropped by the Senate on 22 July, when it adopted an EU directive aimed at increasing the size of health warnings.
Under the new law health warnings along with graphic pictures should cover up to 65 per cent of cigarette packets, instead of 40 per cent under the current legislation.
But when Health Minister Marisol Touraine announced the reintroduction of plain packaging, with no logo or brand name, the decision sparked outrage in some quarters.
In over 80 cities throughout France, hundreds of tobacconists gathered to oppose the new law on Tuesday, a week ahead of its examination by the Senate.
In Paris over four tonnes of carrots were dumped near the finance ministry, in reference to the orange symbols above at the entrance of French tobacco shops.
Banners read “Getting read of tobacconists won’t reduce smoking.”
Is it just me who thinks that Cancer Research UK is really just a Pharmaceutical company hiding under the pretext of being a cancer charity; a wolf in sheep’s clothing? When we interviewed the Chief Executive a few years back and asked him his aims he answered immediately, “To get more people into clinical trials on drugs than in any other country”. One would have hoped that the aim would have been rather more concerned with all potential cancer cures with a little more patient-focus….
I like people who smoke.
I like people who smoke and drink.
I like people who smoke, drink and ignore the schoolteachers, therapists, politicians and other pious scolds who think they are in charge of how others live their lives. Screw ‘em all.
Smokers and drinkers are independent sorts who enjoy life; politicians are rank demagogues who trade their cheap rhetoric for moron votes. Schoolteachers and therapists are timid phonies who think that if they avoid red meat and white sugar, go gluten free and MSG free they’ll live an extra two years, even if it’s a joyless, dreary 24-month slog of misery.
Whee. I lived to be almost 71. Break out the kale juice. Make mine a double.
There is no more pathetic a species than the progressive PC herd that roams the Ukiah area, shuffling from meeting room to seminar, sipping bottled water and boring each other with assurances that they feel much better and much cleaner since they eliminated coffee from their diets and began the green tea regimen.
Question: How do you know if someone is gluten free?
Answer: Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.
Our therapists and teachers are tired weakies who abstain from nicotine and bourbon only because they’re afraid of what their neighbors, colleagues and fellow-Democrats might think.
If caught smoking, they might not be invited to the next central committee planning meeting.
If caught chewing tobacco, they might be shunned, ostracized, fired and divorced. Such things just aren’t approved of in our circles, you see.
A generation or so back Americans smoked two packs a day, had three martini lunches and built the Golden Gate Bridge, the interstate highway system, Yankee Stadium, wrote the best novels, poetry and journalism the 20th century ever read, sent rockets to the moon, and all the while taught America’s kids to fish, hunt, play ball and learn the accordion. But those parents smoked and drank. Very bad role models.
Our generation is a lot smarter and we know better; no one smokes or drinks or builds anything other than their resume and their ego. They paw their smart phones, check their agendas, plan their meetings, accomplish nothing and go home early to eat organic low-fat, high-fiber sugar-free drudge with a side of tofu. No dessert for me, I’m lactose-intolerant.
Now we live in cities where nothing of importance has been accomplished since an old hotel in the middle of town was demolished for a new dog park with green belts, urban trails and bike lanes. Along with No Smoking signs every 12 feet…