From Scriblerus blog Factsdomatter (click on image for larger version), the relative importance of various factors in choice of cigarettes:
Looking at this table, starting at the bottom, we know that “plain packaging” has been foisted on cigarettes. I also read recently that there was a plan for standard package sizes, and that would fix the length and diameter of cigarettes – the shape -. There are also moves to ban menthol and other flavouring. And to the best of my knowledge there are already restrictions on tar and nicotine. The brand has effectively been lost with plain packaging. And the price is continually jacked up with tax hikes.
About the only thing that hasn’t been changed is the most important thing: the taste.
So what’s to stop Tobacco Control demanding to change the taste? Nothing, as far as I can see. So why don’t they require tobacco companies to add some extra ingredient that makes cigarettes taste exactly like shit? I imagine that this is probably the next step.
But if this can be done with cigarettes, why not with any other product?
Let’s say the product is Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. And Music Control has produced research showing that beat music in the near-heartbeat region can cause black-outs, seizures, and any number of other maladies. So then you start doing to this product what’s being done to tobacco products. You forbid any advertising. You sell it from behind shutters. You put it in plain packaging. This means that the manufacturer’s name – the Beatles – is restricted to the top left corner of the sleeve, and the rest of the sleeve is covered in health warnings. Then you require all vinyl records to be one standard size and spin rate – say 45 rpm -. And then you require that the dangerous drum beats be muted on the record tracks, so that you can barely hear Ringo’s drumming. And in this manner, you gradually kill the product – which is exactly what you intend doing, in the name of “public health.” And in the case of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the packaging was far more important that any cigarette packaging.
And then do the same to any other product you disapprove of. Cheese. Bacon. Wine. Fast cars. Books. Anything.
People would still be “free” to buy records, books, cheese, bacon, and so on. But there would only be one flavour of cheese or bacon: shit-flavoured. And it would look like shit too. And it would cost an arm and a leg.
Tobacco products are just the first products with which all these restrictive measures have been introduced. It serves as the prototype, in which these various restrictive measures are tried and tested and perfected.
Everything else comes next. Cheese, bacon, wine, etc.
Of course, it would kill the economy. Products wouldn’t sell. Businesses would go bankrupt. Household names would vanish.
But as far as I can see, killing the economy is exactly what they want to do. For the sake of “health”. Or for the “children”. Or for the “planet”. Nothing else matters.