Happy Valentine's Day from the Department of Health
The Department of Health has released some hard hitting research
The research displays all the qualities of intellectual rigour, thorough methodology, cutting edge precision, and a no-nonsense, straight to the issue work ethic that really makes taxpayers feel they are getting a big bang for their buck
It turns out that 74% of 18-24 year olds would not kiss someone who had just smoked. Add 2%, and one finds that 76% of 18-24 year olds agree that smoking makes a person less attractive. The government department has given some timely advice to youngsters still on the prowl for that Valentine’s day snog: if you decide to smoke your advances will only have a 14% success rate. Or if one was in the mood to be dramatic, a young smoker would only pull one in seven times of trying.
Now if there is a serious message to take from these findings, surely it is as follows:
1. The tobacco control industry has admitted that plain packaging will not reduce adult smoking rates but is targeted at preventing younger people taking it up;
2. Well if 18 to 24 year olds find smoking seriously hampers their chance of dating, then so would younger teenagers (unless something miraculous happens when you turn 18). This is the greatest incentive there is of not smoking;
3. Forcing tobacco companies to sell their products in visually offensive packets would therefore be a huge overreaction;
4. Those youngsters who do decide to jeopardise their love lives by smoking are more likely to do so out of rebellion. Therefore by making tobacco even more of a “naughty thing to do” it has a higher chance of encouraging them.
In short, surely the Department of Health has bigger fish to fry, rather than relentlessly demonising consumers of a legal product?
In 2012 the Government held a public consultation on whether the UK should adopt standardised (or 'plain') packaging for tobacco products. In total the consultation received over 665,000 responses, with a substantial majority (427,888) opposed to the policy. In November 2013 the Government announced a further review of the evidence on standardised packaging and commissioned paediatrician Sir Cyril Chantler submit a report by the end of March 2014. The report was published on April 3 when public health minister Jane Ellison simultaneously announced that it was "minded" to proceed with the policy subject to a "final short consultation". To make your views known please visit our NO PRIME MINISTER microsite NOW! To receive updates about our campaign please enter your details below.