How Medical Porn and Uglification Might Be the Straw Which (Eventually) Breaks the TobcoN Back

My daughter had two visitors tonight. They have been sorting out visas to go on holiday somewhere or other. I vaguely know most of my daughters acquaintances as you would expect since I have known said daughter for quite a long time, but one of her friends was new to me.

Anyway, off they went upstairs to plot and plan. After a while the new lady came downstairs and headed for the front door. “I’m just going out for a cigarette”, she said. “WHAT!”, I cried. “Don’t be silly! We both smoke. Come and sit down”.

So we chatted for a little while.

It appears that the medical porn covered plain packaged cigs are now on the shelves – all a yucky brown colour with medical porn plastered all over them and the name of the cigs in tiny print at the bottom of the packet.

Those of us who blog have known what was going to happen for ages, but I got the impression that this lady had little idea about the history. Perhaps what is more important is that she was utterly appalled.

I think that there are an awful lot of smokers who have been ‘in denial’. I’m talking about the smokers who, say, smoke ten or less cigs per day. In my opinion, it is those smokers who continue to buy full-priced cigs rather than to make an effort to find other sources. They do not find £3.50 per day for their 10 cigs habit particularly onerous. Why should they? It now costs £1 for a meat and potato pie from the supermarket. A ready-meal for two costs around £3. Also, it is more than possible for such people not to go to pubs very often at all, and thus not be much affected by smoking bans. In fact, when they do go to pubs on the odd occasion, they might not even notice the smoking ban. After all, I do not remember anyone smoking in a church or a library. Why should not such people regard pubs as similar to churches and libraries? It is what is in your mind which counts.

But she was appalled by the packets. I wonder how many other ‘occasional smokers’ (which, to me, includes people who smoke only, say, five cigs per day) will wake up when they see the uglified packets covered with medical porn, and start to really, really resent the intrusion into their lives? These packets are not the same as external propaganda. They reach into people’s minds and homes. They are nasty and vicious.

But, to me, they are irrelevant, but that is because I have prior knowledge of it in detail. Most smokers in the UK will know nothing about it, and their first experience of the nastiness will be when they first look at the cig shelves, hidden behind doors, and see medical porn and little else. Only then will they realise that they have been stigmatised; that they are unworthy; that they are the medical porn personified. If that does not provoke rebellion, even in a quiet way, I do not know what will.

Readers of this blog are well aware that there are alternative sources, but most people, like the lady in question, have no idea. I presented her with a couple of my own creations to enjoy at her leisure. Unfortunately, I forgot to tell her not to enjoy them until she was sitting down and relaxing because they last twice as long as cigs made from detritus and cow dung, suitably treated. TobcoMs must be laughing their heads off. They can shovel all sorts of shit into cigs with impunity, and they are fully backed up by laws which forbid that anyone can avoid buying TobcoM shit.

What have TobcoM’s ever done to defend smokers? NOTHING! Their legal actions have been to defend themselves and their owners. I am not going back 50 years to the days when TobcoM’s were laughing at tobacco control because TobcoMs were so powerful, and when TocoMs were acting stupidly with adverts showing doctors, complete with white coats, pens in top pockets, and spectacles, promoting this or that brand as ‘recommended’. I am talking about NOW!

It is clear that TobcoMs have no intention of defending smokers. That is, their ultimate providers of business. So why should smokers defend them? But we have to beware of ‘divide et impera’.

What is lacking is a seriously wealthy person or group of such persons to demand the freedom to ‘mess about’ with different tobaccos and blends. I am doing just that, when I can, and I believe that I have the ‘freedom’ to do so, if I wish to do so, and that Parliament HAS NOT taken that freedom away from me.

The anti-tobacco (anti-smoker) Act announced that duty was due on tobacco products. Among the obvious products were cigs, cigars, pipe tobacco and roll-your-own. But, there was a catch-all paragraph:

“OR ANYTHING THAT CAN BE SMOKED”! Is that not the most extraordinary thing? ‘OR ANYTHING THAT CAN BE SMOKED’. We are talking about ‘tobacco duty’ here, so ‘anything can can be smoked’, like dried grass, kippers, anything cooked which produces smoke, is liable for tobacco duty.

But that is what happens when prohibitionists and lawyers get together. You get nonsensical laws.

The Uglification and Medial Porn LAW is beneath contempt. It really is. It is hard to believe that a ‘joined-up’ government could put such a proposition to Parliament, and it is even more odd that MPs did not give a shit, and passed it.

But that may be a good thing if it wakes smokers (and non-smokers) up to the fact that they are being treated, not only unfairly, but also as ‘beneath contempt’ because they are so stupid that they pay full price. Stupid arseholes! Any sensible person would seek cheaper suppliers. Stupid arseholes! Smokers deserve everything that the get. Idiots!

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16 Responses to “How Medical Porn and Uglification Might Be the Straw Which (Eventually) Breaks the TobcoN Back”

  1. Vlad Says:

    In all fairness, Big Tobacco went to court against ‘plain packaging’ both in UK and Australia and lost. I too believe that this new medical porn plastered on cig packets should be a wake up call to any thinking person that sees them. I mean, they’re so nasty one can’t stop thinking – those who are responsible, are they sane people?

    • junican Says:

      I know about the court cases. But I’m not sure that those cases were not just for show. TobcoMs benefit from a virtual monopoly of the market. They can shovel whatever shit they like into cigs; no competitor can upset the apple-cart. It also suits TobcoN that there are only a few big tobacco businesses.
      I still think that TobcoMs could have done a lot more to back smokers over the years.

  2. Rose Says:

    We are talking about ‘tobacco duty’ here, so ‘anything can can be smoked’, like dried grass, kippers, anything cooked which produces smoke, is liable for tobacco duty.

    I have variously tested coltsfoot (dubious chemistry), fenugreek (tastes like curry) , culinary quality lavender flowers (that’s lovely), flaked peppermint and tea ( haven’t found the right size of tea leaf yet, all suggestions welcome)

    I think my favourites are lavender, sprinkled sparingly down the length of the tobacco, and peppermint as a second filter.
    This afternoon, I am tempted to test flaked parsley as a partial tobacco substitute.

    I realise that I was very lazy in the past and never experimented with tobacco’s true potential.
    Don’t marijuana smokers mix their herb of choice with tobacco?

    I am willing to learn from anyone, only very recently, in the scheme of things, having been turned officially into a social outcast.

    • Vlad Says:

      Have you ever tried corn silk? 🙂

    • junican Says:

      I haven’t got round to it yet, but all these reports we keep seeing of prisoners smoking tea leaves led me to desire to see what tea leaves taste like when smoked.
      Would it not be wonderful to discover that we are not addicted to nicotine at all, as a result of smoking a substance like tea, if it had a pleasant taste, but just enjoy the sensation of smoking?

      • Rose Says:

        The airflow is important otherwise you get a very slight headache for a second or two and I haven’t yet found the correct size of loose leaf tea .
        I can see another trip to my favourite tea shop coming on. They all look suitable.
        I am not a tea drinker, so what would experienced tea drinkers suggest?

        https://www.bettys.co.uk/tea/bettys-loose-tea

  3. TheBlockedDwarf Says:

    “I forgot to tell her not to enjoy them until she was sitting down ”

    LOL yeah…I recall giving Youngest Son Of The Dwarf a couple of Dark Air Cured (so strong even you’d need gloves to handle it) /Burley/Dark Kentucky cigarettes to try.

    He’s only a pack a day man…what I’d call a ‘hobby smoker’.
    Fortunately he didn’t spark up until he got home cos two drags saw him in the bathroom heaving , his head doing an ‘Exorcist’!

    Son, NOW you know what real actual tobacco tastes like and not that ,mercilessly homogenized with more embalming fluid than an undertakers, ‘light’ crap you normally smoke.

    Strangely enough since then he has not scrounged another smoke off me…saving me a small fortune.

    • junican Says:

      LoL! But the point about sitting down was not concerned with the strength! It was merely about how long my home-mades last. They are actually very pleasant tasting, and are only as strong as the blend.

  4. duncan binks Says:

    I think you’re right about the packaging but I reckon (where handrolled is concerned) it’s the minimum quantity of 30g that’s going to provoke the most outrage/irritation/irrational anger. As a sometime impecunious smoker, an 8g pouch of GV for £3 is often just the ticket. 30g minimum and no option really gets my goat.

    • junican Says:

      Yes. That’s another thing which provokes dissatisfaction. All the things that we are talking about affect ALL smokers, and not just pub-going smokers. SHS ‘dangers’ do not come into it. These measures are directly aimed at smokers and intended to hurt them.

  5. Timothy Goodacre Says:

    I was in a Shell garage the other day waiting to pay. The guy in front of me asked for a pack of Marlboro. The cashier gave him one of the new plain packs. He exploded saying ‘ what the f..k is that ?’. The cashier patiently explained that these are the new packs they are obliged to sell. The customer was extremely abusive. Didn’t buy the fags and walked off in a hump. He will be finding a new cheaper source from someone who won’t supply in silly plain packets. I think Deborah Arnott should be made to sell these new packets and take the abuse. If i bought ryo tobacco previously in 12.5 gram packs and now had to buy 30 gram i’d be most unhappy. Lets hope the alternate suppliers have a field day !!!

    • smokingscot Says:

      Can’t blame that customer for walking off, not because of the pack, rather the cost of the packet, what with stand alone petrol stations always slapping on a very big markup.

      Re the 30 gr. pouches, it does mean it’s far, far easier to determine the best deal. This link’s to one of the more expensive supermarket outlets and I see they’ve got a range from £9.99 through to £13.00 for the same size pouch.

      http://www.waitrose.com/shop/HeaderSearchCmd?searchTerm=rolling+tobacco&defaultSearch=None

      I notice they have a limited range because Players Gold Leaf is still available. Also I wonder if they really do expect anyone to write a review on their rolling tobacco!

    • junican Says:

      It’s a pity that the customer was abusive (if you mean abusing the staff member).
      What is heartening is that the PP packet made him angry, even though his anger was misdirected.

  6. nisakiman Says:

    PP is, and is fully intended to be a gross insult to smokers. The policy is designed to belittle and stigmatise, to act as a visible flag just like the yellow star. The people who formulated this disgusting policy are warped misanthropists, no better than their predecessors of the 1930s. That they are not only allowed to get away with it, but are funded from the public purse to pursue their agenda of hate and discrimination beggars belief.

    • junican Says:

      The good news is that smokers are beginning to rebel against the ever increasing stigmatisation. It is only a feeling of angry impotence at the moment, but such feelings are beginning of revolution.

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