The tobacconist in my area has done a roaring trade since the anouncement at about 1pm here today with people buying in bulk to save a small amount.
He had one carton left of the brand I smoke at 4pm. With a rise of $2.00 per packet, a carton buy will save around $8.00. This is part of the $6.00
per packet price increase we were warned about a few weeks ago. 50 cigarettes (either in a 2 pack of 25 each, or a 50 packet) which cost $22.50 today
- tomorrow will cost $24.50. (NSW price)
The generic branding policy - there maybe no net gain, as the gov might be up for billions of dollars to the cig companys in compensation for this.
Under Australian constitution, and international trade rights and laws, intellectual property and trademarks may not be reduced and devalued - if they
are in some way then the trademark holder can be compensated. and the tobacco companys can be compensated to the value of $millions - this basically
wipes out any money the government wanted to make on the new stance.
'The National Preventive Health Task Force' - has a list of recommendations as to what should be implemented to Australians.
One of the targets: Reduce the prevalence of daily smoking
to 10% or less.
Does the generic branding policy think it will achieve this?
Problematically, its an economic nightmare - International Health are also considering for the same type of branding (trademark removal) on fast food
due to the 'health'. The health organizations and the tobacco lobbyists are pushing agendas too far.
The thing which I dont see considered is the pictures which are on the packaging. I can say that the human parts on the pictures are prosthetics -
they are not real body parts - they are made from special FX companies.
On a psychological perspective - 'what you focus upon, you bring to you' - these pictures subliminally promote the very thing they say they are
trying to prevent. If the pictures are backed by those in Health - it should keep them in a job for a few years more then with these conditions from
the pictures on the packaging.
With out Nanny State politics and an over regulating government - we are ostricising our neighbours, our brothers and sisters, our friends - our
country. State and local government regulations are strangling the connectedness of our communities and our ability to make our own decisions - we are
being used as an experiment in some ways.
The broader agenda is we are being restricted so deliberately - we are not a nation of irrersponsible people - we can make good choices - and we do,
individually and collectively we do manage good solutions - but to make it law that we do so is biting into our freedoms.
As a speaker on the ABC Drive show was mentioning this afternoon - this is a Political distraction - from the internet filtering backdown. What else
is going on out there that this 'smoke screen' is covering up today?
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