Initially, I was heartened to see that America will NOT (for the moment) plaster its cigarette packets with pictures of rotten flesh and critically-ill patients. About forty countries, including THIS one (Thailand) already have these offensive pictures.
I could scan some into this monograph – but I will spare you, my reader. Suffice to say, they are not nice.
Elsewhere in these scribblings I have pointed out that you could just as easily feature pictures of obese kids on junk food packaging and flattened pedestrians on the inner plastic layer of car windscreens.
But where would it stop?
So when the tobacco corporations succeeded in getting the issue MIRED in the American Injustice System (easily the worst in the developed World) I was pleased.
But my joy was somewhat tempered by my realisation that this “victory” merely represents a cynical manoeuver by the giant, greedy, corrupt tobacco corporations – using America’s inept legal system – to ensure their coffers continue filling.
And the funds in those coffers will be sufficient to finance America’s “finest” legal minds for DECADES to come.
Which is ironic, given that it was America’s corrupt system that came up with the bogus notion of “second-hand smoke” in the first place – a notion that has resulted in MY fag packs being plastered with these obscenities.
But at least HERE – said packs only cost me 77p (US$1.24) a pop…