This might serve as an suitable reply to to the minimal traffic arriving from relatives and friends with regard to posts and letters to relatives, sent out over the past few weeks. Last Sunday went off well although I was the sole survivor of my assoc attending the Anzac Commemoration. Unfortunately the tobacco smoke in one area of the club has affected my eyes, hence watery stinging eyes have made the past three days unpleasant, so this post will only be received by those who have requested it.
Due to my eye problem driving is out, so our proposed trip to see our sons and families down south is off, an email to Andrew no 4 son who rarely checks his email will surprise him that we didn't turn up!!! This post will serve as a reminder to David who answers his email more regularly.
Now here is some real bad news for Smokers. The cost of smokes will shortly increase to recover some of the costs smokers contribute to the poor health of others and to themselves.
..Cigarettes to come in plain pack
CIGARETTE packs will be stripped of company logos, colours and brand imagery from January 2012 in a bid to slash the nation's smoking rate to 10 per cent.
The world-first laws will require cigarettes to be sold in plain white packaging with the product name displayed in small type in a standard colour and typeface on the bottom of the packet - on top of today's expected excise increase.
The mandated health warnings will remain on the flip side of the packet.
The plan to remove one of the last vehicles for tobacco advertising is expected to be announced by the Rudd Government today.
The Government's National Preventative Health Taskforce which called for the law change last year has the support of the Cancer Council and the Australian Medical Association.
Do you think this will work? Tell us below
The Government is expected to develop and test the new designs itself to make them as unappealing as possible to young people.
A 2008 study found packaging to be a key marketing tool for tobacco companies, with people much more likely to rate packs with terms "smooth", "silver" and "gold" as lower tar, lower health risk and easier to quit.
The survey found 44.9 per cent of smokers thought the commercial pack would be low in tar and nicotine compared to 33.3 per cent who thought this about a plain packet of cigarettes.
Tobacco company market testing shows pack design can even influence a smoker's rating of taste when the same cigarette is packaged differently.
Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death, killing over 15,000 Australians a year. The number of smokers in Australia has almost halved since 1988 from 30.5 per cent of adults to 16.6 per cent.
KISS A NON SMOKER AND TASTE THE DIFFERENCE
What happened to the slogan 'Kiss a non smoker and taste the difference'?
Did the tobacco companies buy the copyright and ban its publication? if so what about having a new slogan! But remember the kids will have to see it too.
My partner and I are non smokers and only experience this dreadful problem at alcohol pumped up parties and other social gatherings.
What have you experienced when kissing a tobacco smoker? be careful now.
What are your thoughts on tobacco usage in general? like ban Smokes, ration them or tax them out of reach of people, or should we wear a non smokers badge which states,
"Blow that smoke in my face and you will die you bastard"
Remember you dopey smokers, It will reduce your shagging days considerably and each smoke an hour of your life.
Maybe smokers should be fitted with smoke stacks!!
Remember, life shrinks or expands in proportion to ones courage. Give it up
Have a wonderful weekend. Vest.