YOUR BURGER IN A PLAIN PAPER BAG?
Cigarettes in plain packaging… good idea?
How about your wine, champagne or beer in plain bottles or casks?
Your hamburger and fries in a plain paper bag?
This, some argue, is the illogicality of the government’s proposed restriction on advertising of cigarettes which was supported in the High Court yesterday.
Global health champion? Former Health Minister, Attorney General Nicola Roxon.
After all, the burden on the health system from alcoholism and obesity has been estimated to be even greater than that of smoking.
Writing in the Herald Sun today, Patrick Carlyon says:
“One TV interview you’ll never hear with a police officer goes like this: ‘His friends say he smoked half a pack of Benson and Hedges Smooth before he got behind the wheel of his Commodore and drove into a pole.’
Or a TV court reporter saying: ‘The prosecution alleges that on the night in question, the man had been chaining Alpine menthol cigarettes before forcing himself on the victim.’
Yesterday, the Government repeated the oft-quoted ‘social and economic annual cost’ of smoking at $31.5 billion.
Many people assume this figure is based on the burden smokers place on the health system. It actually includes $19.5 billion for the ‘psychological costs of premature death’.
But what of the other everyday vices? If the Government is genuinely determined to save lives, why are we still awash in beer and spirits TV ads?
What about fast food? We can’t escape commercials depicting families gathered at the dinner table tucking into fried this or that.
After all, one study found that obesity cost Australia $58.2 billion a year, although that number too has been questioned.”
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