Plainly un­likely to de­ter

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion/news -

The Government last month con­firmed it is to in­tro­duce plain pack­ag­ing for to­bacco prod­ucts.

The an­nounce­ment was made by As­so­ciate Health Min­is­ter Tar­i­ana Turia, who said it was a ‘‘good day for New Zealand’’.

We asked read­ers on the Chron­i­cle Face­book page if they thought plain pack­ag­ing would be an ef­fec­tive way to de­ter smok­ers.

Th­ese were the re­sponses:

Selina Wat­son:

Rod­ney Car­roll:

Re­becca Leach:

Aimee Hol­loway:

James Pater­son:

Shar­ron Pratt:

Sharon Edge:

Danie Van Der Linde:

Nope, if I wanted to start smok­ing it’s not be­cause the packet does or doesn’t have a pic­ture on it . . . and it would be my choice to smoke or not to.

Not at all. Peo­ple who al­ready smoke will con­tinue smok­ing. Youth gen­er­ally start smok­ing due to see­ing oth­ers smok­ing, not be­cause of the nice pack­ag­ing. Have they learnt noth­ing?

They put pic­tures on the pack­ets to dis­cour­age peo­ple and that still didn’t work. And where do we stop if we do go through with it? Plain pack­ag­ing on take­aways to dis­cour­age over­weight peo­ple from eat­ing them? I’m not a smoker but I can­not see this work­ing. Put the price up and tax the cigarettes more, that would be a bet­ter op­tion.

We al­ready have that in Aus­tralia; it makes no dif­fer­ence.

I don’t think so. I think the ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes they run in schools have some pos­i­tive ef­fect though, af­ter see­ing them first hand. The Government should put more money into that.

Oh, how­ever will I give my­self a sense of class dis­tinc­tion from Hori­zon/Hol­i­day smok­ers now? Pah. Just ban them al­ready! I’ll put my hand up to be part of the last gen­er­a­tion of smok­ers that have to go cold turkey, so that there won’t be any cigarettes on shelves at all for the next gen­er­a­tion. Any­one else? Maybe a pe­ti­tion to the Government ask­ing them to reshuf­fle their fi­nances to ac­com­mo­date the deficit that ban­ning cigarettes would cre­ate be­fore the next bud­get, then ban them on bud­get day.

We could all make bud­get day 2013 quit smok­ing day. What a mo­men­tous event that would be in the his­tory of New Zealand. I think 99 per cent of peo­ple would find quit­ting MUCH eas­ier if they weren’t able to buy them.

Really? What dif­fer­ence is that go­ing to make?

I feel plain pack­ag­ing won’t make an ounce of dif­fer­ence in my opin­ion. Are they go­ing to start plain la­belling al­co­hol bot­tles and hid­ing them be­hind cup­board doors in al­co­hol shops? I doubt it! Al­co­hol af­fects a lot more peo­ple in many ways, than the smok­ing of to­bacco does. PS. I am a non smoker.

Well from a com­pany’s point of view I think it is pretty ridicu­lous that some­one has the right to fid­dle with copy­rights and trade­marks. What about free­dom of ex­pres­sions, and press? How is this dif­fer­ent than in­fring­ing on patent rights? I don’t sup­port smok­ing but this is ridicu­lous!

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