Monday, 24 March 2008

What a drag!

Radio 5 this morning is leading on the plans to ban the display of cigarettes in shops, pubs, clubs and restaurants. The Daily Telegraph also covers the issue with a pretty good summary of the situation.

Being a non smoker, I take great pleasure in leaving pubs etc, not smelling of someone else’s dreadful habit. I do also despair when I see school children beginning their daily journeys with a couple of Lambert and Butler’s before the school gate beckons.

However, banning cigarette display cabinets etc will not stop young people smoking, and it’s this element of society we need to tackle first. If you can stop young adults from taking up the habit and educate them as to its dangers and social restrictions, then as mature adults the site of a row of Embassy Number 1’s when they buy their local paper is not going to make any difference to the their judgement.

Education and price restrictions are the only things which will deter the potential smokers of the future, not draconian restrictions which only increase the level of state censorship in our daily lives.

1 comment:

Michael said...

Wouldn't hiding tabs under the counter just make them more desirable to teenagers?

Put them next to the newspapers. They'd never look there ;)