Thousands in East Lancashire call for cigarette package changes

First published in News

THOUSANDS of East Lancashire residents have called for changes to cigarette packaging.

More than 2,500 people in the area have backed calls for a new law to make packets of all tobacco products plain, according to a survey by Cancer Research.

A similar law came into place in Australia on Saturday, and the British government is the first in Europe to commit to a public consultation on this issue, with a report expected early next year.

In Australia, all tobacco must now be sold in drab, olive packs with new larger and more shocking picture health warnings.

One mum from Burnley who has thrown her weight behind the Plain Packs Protect campaign, said British brands should follow the Australian.

Emma Gardner said some ‘glitzy’ packaging was misleading and made certain brands appear healthier than others.

She said: “The less attractive they can make cigarette packets look to young people then so much the better. It looks like these packs are designed to suggest that it’s okay to smoke aged 14.”

Karen Thompson, joint director of public health for NHS East Lancashire, said: “The response from the public across East Lancashire has been excellent.

“Many of the people who have signed up don’t smoke and are not familiar with what packs look like but, once they see some of the packs that are currently on sale, they are shocked.

“They understand how the packs appeal to young people as the ‘silent salesman’.”

But the smokers’ lobby group, Forest, which runs the Hands Off Our Packs campaign, believes plain packaging is an attempt to ‘denormalise’ a legal product and ‘stigmatise’ consumers.

An estimated 500,000 people have registered their opposition to the introduction of plain packaging in the UK.

Director Simon Clark said: “The decision in Australia won't make any difference to our campaign.

“We support all reasonable attempts to discourage children from smoking, but putting cigarettes in plain packs is pointless.”

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7:52pm Sun 2 Dec 12

mavrick says...

Sadly the health fascists are getting their own way. what next.
Sadly the health fascists are getting their own way. what next. mavrick
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8:02pm Sun 2 Dec 12

alphadelta says...

OK, that's fine. Now can we do the same for alcohol?
OK, that's fine. Now can we do the same for alcohol? alphadelta
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8:26pm Sun 2 Dec 12

clickhere says...

Even now, a thrusting young eBay internet

entrepreneur is designing a 'glitzy' cover for the 'plain packs' proposed.

Remember when it was quite cool to carry your fags in a slim silver cigarette case and ignite them with a designer Ronson lighter!
Such simple pleasures are a thing of the past, unless the law of unforeseen circumstances makes a millionaire out of our budding entrepreneur!
Even now, a thrusting young eBay internet entrepreneur is designing a 'glitzy' cover for the 'plain packs' proposed. Remember when it was quite cool to carry your fags in a slim silver cigarette case and ignite them with a designer Ronson lighter! Such simple pleasures are a thing of the past, unless the law of unforeseen circumstances makes a millionaire out of our budding entrepreneur! clickhere
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8:30pm Sun 2 Dec 12

jim 2012 says...

Karen Thompson, joint director of public health for NHS East Lancashire, said: “The response from the public across East Lancashire has been excellent.
were can we see this response?
has it gone on line
Karen Thompson, joint director of public health for NHS East Lancashire, said: “The response from the public across East Lancashire has been excellent. were can we see this response? has it gone on line jim 2012
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9:03pm Sun 2 Dec 12

2 for 5p says...

CRACKERS:

Don't get me wrong I think smokers are inept shallow weak losers.
However I think the way alcohol and tobacco are going at the moment are extreme there is all sorts of levs and restrictions being putting on them, yet at the same time drugs are being ignored.
If this continues it won't be long before tags and beer are banned and drugs are legal.
Come on sheeple do something.
CRACKERS: Don't get me wrong I think smokers are inept shallow weak losers. However I think the way alcohol and tobacco are going at the moment are extreme there is all sorts of levs and restrictions being putting on them, yet at the same time drugs are being ignored. If this continues it won't be long before tags and beer are banned and drugs are legal. Come on sheeple do something. 2 for 5p
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10:11pm Sun 2 Dec 12

Info-warrior says...

2 for 5p wrote:
CRACKERS:

Don't get me wrong I think smokers are inept shallow weak losers.
However I think the way alcohol and tobacco are going at the moment are extreme there is all sorts of levs and restrictions being putting on them, yet at the same time drugs are being ignored.
If this continues it won't be long before tags and beer are banned and drugs are legal.
Come on sheeple do something.
If it as got that bad you have to hide the cigs behind locked shuttered cabinets in plain packaging maybe this government should ban the sale of cigs completely and not collect the taxes they desperately need from the sale of those cigs they're so desperate to hide away.


The sheeple are walking blingfolded into Authoritarianism.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: CRACKERS: Don't get me wrong I think smokers are inept shallow weak losers. However I think the way alcohol and tobacco are going at the moment are extreme there is all sorts of levs and restrictions being putting on them, yet at the same time drugs are being ignored. If this continues it won't be long before tags and beer are banned and drugs are legal. Come on sheeple do something.[/p][/quote]If it as got that bad you have to hide the cigs behind locked shuttered cabinets in plain packaging maybe this government should ban the sale of cigs completely and not collect the taxes they desperately need from the sale of those cigs they're so desperate to hide away. The sheeple are walking blingfolded into Authoritarianism. Info-warrior
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1:53am Mon 3 Dec 12

wrinkles says...

Is Emma Gardner blind? She said "some glitzy packaging is misleading and designed to attract 14 year olds. Every packet I've seen has large health warnings such as "smoking kills" and either shows wrinkled lungs filled with gooey tar or some other obnoxious picture.
Is Emma Gardner blind? She said "some glitzy packaging is misleading and designed to attract 14 year olds. Every packet I've seen has large health warnings such as "smoking kills" and either shows wrinkled lungs filled with gooey tar or some other obnoxious picture. wrinkles
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6:49am Mon 3 Dec 12

jack daniels says...

Every society and culture at one point has developed or grown a drug for recreational purposes. It's only when miserable god bothers, oppressive leaders and health nuts try to impose their opinion on to others that you see how selfish people can be.
Every society and culture at one point has developed or grown a drug for recreational purposes. It's only when miserable god bothers, oppressive leaders and health nuts try to impose their opinion on to others that you see how selfish people can be. jack daniels
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7:53am Mon 3 Dec 12

halfhearted says...

A total of 2,500 are in favour of this plain packaging.This hardly puts a dent in the total population of the area,does it now. But as usual the minority will win in this undemocratic society.

When will those in power wake up and tackle the real issues,those that the majority wish for.
A total of 2,500 are in favour of this plain packaging.This hardly puts a dent in the total population of the area,does it now. But as usual the minority will win in this undemocratic society. When will those in power wake up and tackle the real issues,those that the majority wish for. halfhearted
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8:41am Mon 3 Dec 12

happycyclist says...

The packaging should be MORE glitzy and tempting, not less. Get tobacco advertising back on the telly! Alcohol ads are amongst the best in the business and alcohol does just as much damage as tobacco. We're sleepwalking into oppression. (and I'm not even a smoker)
The packaging should be MORE glitzy and tempting, not less. Get tobacco advertising back on the telly! Alcohol ads are amongst the best in the business and alcohol does just as much damage as tobacco. We're sleepwalking into oppression. (and I'm not even a smoker) happycyclist
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9:37am Mon 3 Dec 12

lwg76 says...

How long will it take for Aussie school boys to start collecting and swapping the plain packs (empty, one hopes) to see who has the most gruesome collection.
How long will it take for Aussie school boys to start collecting and swapping the plain packs (empty, one hopes) to see who has the most gruesome collection. lwg76
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10:04am Mon 3 Dec 12

Caspar the ghost says...

What a waste of time. Get a cig case, buy a pack of cigs, put cigs in case, throw away packet.

Simples!!

Who wins.-..yes the tax man as it wll put up the cost of cigs and give more money to the chancellor.

Simples (the same as the people who agree with such utter control tripe.)
What a waste of time. Get a cig case, buy a pack of cigs, put cigs in case, throw away packet. Simples!! Who wins.-..yes the tax man as it wll put up the cost of cigs and give more money to the chancellor. Simples (the same as the people who agree with such utter control tripe.) Caspar the ghost
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10:07am Mon 3 Dec 12

woolywords says...

Now it has been resolved to tackle the cigarette problem and then to increase the basic cost of a unit of alcohol, how long before we get to the real issue that needs dealing with that affects my life, that of fat people?
Whilst I am prepared to allow a little extra to be carried, those that are above say, 10lbs overweight, should face a tax conmensurate with the mass. This fat tax should be channeled directly to the NHS, where it can be used to pay for things like reinforced ambulances, wider trolleys, reinforced beds, lifting gear and the like.
The morbidly obese should be made to live on the upper floors of a tower block, where the lift doesn't work and restricted times in supermarkets. This means that only a few fatties are choking up the aisles at any one time and not going around the store like a pod of beachless whales.
Lose the lard, chubby! Fat tax now!
Now it has been resolved to tackle the cigarette problem and then to increase the basic cost of a unit of alcohol, how long before we get to the real issue that needs dealing with that affects my life, that of fat people? Whilst I am prepared to allow a little extra to be carried, those that are above say, 10lbs overweight, should face a tax conmensurate with the mass. This fat tax should be channeled directly to the NHS, where it can be used to pay for things like reinforced ambulances, wider trolleys, reinforced beds, lifting gear and the like. The morbidly obese should be made to live on the upper floors of a tower block, where the lift doesn't work and restricted times in supermarkets. This means that only a few fatties are choking up the aisles at any one time and not going around the store like a pod of beachless whales. Lose the lard, chubby! Fat tax now! woolywords
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10:23am Mon 3 Dec 12

superfly agaric says...

clickhere wrote:
Even now, a thrusting young eBay internet

entrepreneur is designing a 'glitzy' cover for the 'plain packs' proposed.

Remember when it was quite cool to carry your fags in a slim silver cigarette case and ignite them with a designer Ronson lighter!
Such simple pleasures are a thing of the past, unless the law of unforeseen circumstances makes a millionaire out of our budding entrepreneur!
Canada has had this type of packaging for years and you buy 'bikinis' for your packs to cover up the health warnings.

If people want to smoke, they will. If they don't like the gruesome packets - they'll cover them up or put them in cases.

I would gladly like to see a return to long cigarette holders, silver cases and ostentatious lighters. They would go well with tracksuit bottoms and rockport boots outside the dole office.
[quote][p][bold]clickhere[/bold] wrote: Even now, a thrusting young eBay internet entrepreneur is designing a 'glitzy' cover for the 'plain packs' proposed. Remember when it was quite cool to carry your fags in a slim silver cigarette case and ignite them with a designer Ronson lighter! Such simple pleasures are a thing of the past, unless the law of unforeseen circumstances makes a millionaire out of our budding entrepreneur![/p][/quote]Canada has had this type of packaging for years and you buy 'bikinis' for your packs to cover up the health warnings. If people want to smoke, they will. If they don't like the gruesome packets - they'll cover them up or put them in cases. I would gladly like to see a return to long cigarette holders, silver cases and ostentatious lighters. They would go well with tracksuit bottoms and rockport boots outside the dole office. superfly agaric
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11:05am Mon 3 Dec 12

IDONTKNOW2012 says...

I HAVE A PERFECT SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM. STICK HER FACE ON THE PACKET OF CIGARETTES AND I GUARANTEE NO ONE WILL EVER SMOKE AGAIN. :)
I HAVE A PERFECT SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM. STICK HER FACE ON THE PACKET OF CIGARETTES AND I GUARANTEE NO ONE WILL EVER SMOKE AGAIN. :) IDONTKNOW2012
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11:06am Mon 3 Dec 12

IDONTKNOW2012 says...

I HAVE A PERFECT SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM. STICK HER FACE ON THE PACKET OF CIGARETTES AND I GUARANTEE NO ONE WILL EVER SMOKE AGAIN :)
I HAVE A PERFECT SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM. STICK HER FACE ON THE PACKET OF CIGARETTES AND I GUARANTEE NO ONE WILL EVER SMOKE AGAIN :) IDONTKNOW2012
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11:20am Mon 3 Dec 12

clickhere says...

halfhearted wrote:
A total of 2,500 are in favour of this plain packaging.This hardly puts a dent in the total population of the area,does it now. But as usual the minority will win in this undemocratic society.

When will those in power wake up and tackle the real issues,those that the majority wish for.
Not far of enough to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner, though.

Like other posters above, would like to see the details of the survey to see if the Telgraphs strident claims that thousands of people hereabouts first priority is to get ciggies sold in plain packaging.
[quote][p][bold]halfhearted[/bold] wrote: A total of 2,500 are in favour of this plain packaging.This hardly puts a dent in the total population of the area,does it now. But as usual the minority will win in this undemocratic society. When will those in power wake up and tackle the real issues,those that the majority wish for.[/p][/quote]Not far of enough to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner, though. Like other posters above, would like to see the details of the survey to see if the Telgraphs strident claims that thousands of people hereabouts first priority is to get ciggies sold in plain packaging. clickhere
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11:22am Mon 3 Dec 12

clickhere says...

clickhere wrote:
halfhearted wrote:
A total of 2,500 are in favour of this plain packaging.This hardly puts a dent in the total population of the area,does it now. But as usual the minority will win in this undemocratic society.

When will those in power wake up and tackle the real issues,those that the majority wish for.
Not far of enough to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner, though.

Like other posters above, would like to see the details of the survey to see if the Telgraphs strident claims that thousands of people hereabouts first priority is to get ciggies sold in plain packaging.
Typo sorry - "Not far OFF enough to elect a PCC."
[quote][p][bold]clickhere[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]halfhearted[/bold] wrote: A total of 2,500 are in favour of this plain packaging.This hardly puts a dent in the total population of the area,does it now. But as usual the minority will win in this undemocratic society. When will those in power wake up and tackle the real issues,those that the majority wish for.[/p][/quote]Not far of enough to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner, though. Like other posters above, would like to see the details of the survey to see if the Telgraphs strident claims that thousands of people hereabouts first priority is to get ciggies sold in plain packaging.[/p][/quote]Typo sorry - "Not far OFF enough to elect a PCC." clickhere
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12:24pm Mon 3 Dec 12

AnthonyUK says...

Its not the pack design that should be targeted its the braindead irresponsible shopkeepers and idiots who sell cigarettes and tobacco products from houses to anybody who should be targeted severely no matter who they are. It should also be an imprisonable offence for adults to go in to a shop on behalf of under 18s to purchase cigarettes for the kids consumption and all shops by law should be forced to adopt challenge 25 on cigarettes fireworks alcohol etc with licences revoked and registration refused for registration/licenci
ng to sell those goods ever again and it should also be an imprisonable offence for parents/family members to.give cigarettes to under18s too.
Its not the pack design that should be targeted its the braindead irresponsible shopkeepers and idiots who sell cigarettes and tobacco products from houses to anybody who should be targeted severely no matter who they are. It should also be an imprisonable offence for adults to go in to a shop on behalf of under 18s to purchase cigarettes for the kids consumption and all shops by law should be forced to adopt challenge 25 on cigarettes fireworks alcohol etc with licences revoked and registration refused for registration/licenci ng to sell those goods ever again and it should also be an imprisonable offence for parents/family members to.give cigarettes to under18s too. AnthonyUK
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12:24pm Mon 3 Dec 12

AnthonyUK says...

Its not the pack design that should be targeted its the braindead irresponsible shopkeepers and idiots who sell cigarettes and tobacco products from houses to anybody who should be targeted severely no matter who they are. It should also be an imprisonable offence for adults to go in to a shop on behalf of under 18s to purchase cigarettes for the kids consumption and all shops by law should be forced to adopt challenge 25 on cigarettes fireworks alcohol etc with licences revoked and registration refused for registration/licenci
ng to sell those goods ever again and it should also be an imprisonable offence for parents/family members to.give cigarettes to under18s too.
Its not the pack design that should be targeted its the braindead irresponsible shopkeepers and idiots who sell cigarettes and tobacco products from houses to anybody who should be targeted severely no matter who they are. It should also be an imprisonable offence for adults to go in to a shop on behalf of under 18s to purchase cigarettes for the kids consumption and all shops by law should be forced to adopt challenge 25 on cigarettes fireworks alcohol etc with licences revoked and registration refused for registration/licenci ng to sell those goods ever again and it should also be an imprisonable offence for parents/family members to.give cigarettes to under18s too. AnthonyUK
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