The Westerner

My Civil Liberties

Wednesday, 15 March 2006

Source: Ian Douglas, Strathpine

I have been a smoker since I was 15. During the last 20 years or so the anti-smoking lobby has come down very hard on media advertising, warnings etc, and more recently no smoking inside public places, and to my disgust recently I saw on TV an item regarding photos which must now be displayed on cigarette packets sold.

Usually I just sit back and take what laws are introduced, but on this occasion I believe someone has over-stepped the mark, and my civil liberties have been infringed on.

Governments are quite happy to apply and accept tariffs and taxes on tobacco, beer, cars, etc.

If the law now stipulates that a disgusting pic showing the damage caused by lung cancer is to be shown on a cigarette packet, then why not legislate to show a pic of a car crash victim on beer bottle labels and car doors, or a pic of a broken family on the doors of a casino?

All of these things benefit Governments, and ‘could’ affect family life if abused, but it seems to me that only the cigarette companies and smokers are being targeted.

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