Plain Packaging For E-Cigs, WHO Didn’t See That Coming?
I wonder what pictures they’ll use in the health warnings? Maybe the same ones that they use on cigarette packets? They’re all fabrications anyway.
I wonder if they’ll have “Vaping Causes Fatal Lung Cancer” written on them as well, even if there’s no evidence for it. There’s no evidence that smoking does either.
I’m a bit puzzled by the health warnings on tobacco products. They started out quite small, and they just get bigger and bigger. As if you hadn’t heard the first time, so they have to say it again, louder. And then louder again. As if people were a bit thick.
Do they really think that smokers will finally get the message one day, if they could only make the warnings big enough and shouty enough?
I dunno about anyone else, but I find that when something is written in capital letters, I don’t pay more attention to it: I pay less attention.
Or maybe the idea is that if you see images of death and disease enough times on tobacco packages, you’ll gradually start associating tobacco with death and disease. Somehow or other, that doesn’t seem to be happening with me.
But anyway, I don’t look at the warnings. I transfer my tobacco from the manufacturer’s packet to a tin. There are tins made for this very purpose. And they carry no health warnings at all. My current one has got a picture of a Mad Hatter on a chess board.
Maybe they’ll start demanding that tins carry health warnings. Well, then I’d just move to some other container. I’ve got a couple of wallets that can hold tobacco.
Maybe they’ll start plastering warnings all over everything. If you buy a half pound of butter, it’ll have a health message on it, saying Butter Kills, and a picture of a 5-year-old boy choking on a half pound of butter wedged into his mouth.
Same with all other products. Chicken Kills. Custard Kills. Salami Kills. Sugar Kills. Salt Kills.
Or generic all-purpose health warnings. Stuff Kills. Everything Kills. Whatever You’ve Just Bought Is Killing You Very, Very Slowly.
Maybe you’d only start getting worried if the product doesn’t carry a health warning of some sort. And you’d take it back to the shop, and say, “Hey, did you notice that your Fair Trade orange’n’peppermint chocolate hasn’t got a health warning on it? What’s the matter with it? Have you got one with a proper health warning on it? You know, the one with the tombstone and the bats and the clawing hands reaching up out of the ground, and ‘Chocolate Turns People Into Zombies’ written underneath in big gothic letters. Yeah, that’s the one. Thanks.”
But I ignore all health warnings anyway. Not just the ones about tobacco, but all the health warnings about everything. In fact, a few years ago I started using lard for frying, and started buying fatty foods like lamb chops, just because it looked suitably unhealthy. But now they’re saying that lard is a miracle food, and people should eat more fat. What a bummer. Maybe I should go back to lean ham fried in sunflower oil?