On fags

December 9th, 2008 § 2 comments

So, in another ‘looking after the children’ move, fags are going the same way as dodgy pr0n: under the counter.
And the reason?
The Guardian:

[Health Secretary Alan Johnson said] “When they [children] see a point of sale display and as a result of seeing of it they take up smoking … it’s the key evidence as to why 200,000 11-15 year-olds are smoking,” said Johnson.

You what? Is Mr Johnson seriously trying to tell me that spotty youths are going about their business, of buying football cards and Special Brew, spy this:
and suddenly, they are stood there, jaw open, dribble running down their chin, staring, mesmerised by the beauty of the cigarette display. The only thought running through their heads is “Pretty packets. Gotta have”.

That can’t be right, can it? If it is, then surely the logic follows that if you hide the spirits and booze, that’ll be the end of Binge Drink Britian.
It’s a good job kids don’t spend much time in pharmacists, their shelves are positively sexy.

§ 2 Responses to On fags"

  • Dungeekin says:

    My sentiments exactly.

    Yet more ‘nannying’ to remove anything – absolutely anything – potentially harmful or interesting from our lives under the guise of ‘protecting children’.

    I reckon they’re going to ban Life soon – see http://tinyurl.com/6pqosa

    Cheers (and my best regards to Mrs-O, of course)


  • Sim-O says:

    Cheers D.
    Yea, the kids have got to be protected but there are limits, and c’mon, follow the logic. You’ll have to buy fags in a darkend room after looking about to make sure there’s no kids watching. After all, if they see some buying fags, they might learn how to do it themselves.

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