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Has plain packaging impacted smoking?


A year after plain packaging was introduced, we asked you if you thought it had had an effect and was working to stop people smoking. Was it a worthwhile change, or just an example of the Government making decisions for us?

Your responses are divided between those who think it is a good thing (mostly non-smokers), and those who feel annoyed and think that the initiative is the Government telling you what to do (mostly current smokers). Several of you who have been smoking for many years say that plain packaging has done nothing to change your habits. In fact, some of you even say it has made you more determined to continue smoking! You think that the Government has no right to tell you what to do, and that quitting smoking should be your decision not theirs. As Pete says, “the packaging does not change an addiction to nicotine”. There is some anger at the Government at continuing to use tobacco as ever-increasing tax revenue whilst sending out messages that it is damaging. Why not ban smoking altogether instead for the sake of people’s health?

When it comes to the impact on young people...well, as Careful says; “young persons do not respond to the pictures as youth feel they are indestructible so this is not the way”. There is an element of rebellion among the young, and this is not seen as the best way of approaching the problem.

However, what is interesting is that many smokers who say that the new packaging has had no effect on them actually remove the cigarettes from their packets and put them in their own containers, or buy or make a special cover for the packets. Doesn’t the fact that smokers are covering up the health messages surely tell us that plain packaging is having an impact? After all, if the health messages on the packets do not have any impact on the smoker, then why cover it up?

Last reply: 11th Aug 2017 / 62 replies / Post by Cafestudy Admin

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Flick<3

Posted by: Flick<3
Posted: 23rd Jan 2014

Flick<3 says: I'm not a smoker. I'm 16 and I've never smoked. But despite that I have multiple friends who like the pictures on cigarette packets because they cut them and are making a montage to stop their parents from smoking.
Apart from that I believe that the pictures of these diseases people can contract by smoking has been doing nothing.
People are saying to just ban it but think of the impact that would have on smokers. They would go crazy if it was just taken away from them. They would definitely find a way to get more. You can guarantee it. Which would clog our courts, wasting more money charging people for smoking tobacco etc Reply

DDD49

Posted by: DDD49
Posted: 24th Jan 2014

Flick<3 says: I'm not a smoker. I'm 16 and I've never smoked. But despite that I have multiple friends who like the pictures on cigarette packets because they cut them and are making a montage to stop their...

DDD49 says: I agree - I've stopped smoking - I stopped smoking for a couple of years after smoking for 40 years but a few years ago @ Peel Health Campus an X-ray showed a large dark patch on my left lung & they thought it was cancer so I thought bugger it I enjoyed smoking & started smoking again after all I'm lucky to be alive after a MVA in 2004 broke my neck and I had a blood clot taken off my brain - I think I had a stroke - so I have an acquired brain in jury with ADHD & Parkinsons due to DUI. Anyway I went to South Fremantle Hospital for a MRI and a week later attended the hospital again for the results - the doctor could not believe it & rushed in to show his manager - there was no marks on my lungs despite me having had pleurisy years ago :) He reckoned it was a miracle & asked which Church I attended - anyway we had been allocated a Homeswest house in Derby, WA so promised the kids I would stop smoking once we were in it. Quiteb frankly I love smoking & still have a drag on a nicorette inhaler as I stop smoking - the biggest incentive to stop is I don't want my little ones smoking & I save $160 per month and will save more as the prices escalate & being on a disability pension it makes it unaffordable or we would have to miss out on essentials! The packaging had no impact upon my decision & simply makes itv harder for shop assistants to ID the brand! Reply

chickclaire

Posted by: chickclaire
Posted: 26th Jan 2014

DDD49 says: I agree - I've stopped smoking - I stopped smoking for a couple of years after smoking for 40 years but a few years ago @ Peel Health Campus an X-ray showed a large dark patch on my left lung &...

chickclaire says: I feel really sorry for you but you sound like you have made the right decision to give up smoking for the kids. I had an ex-boyfriend with ADHD and an Acquired Brain; I was constantly taking him hospital when he had seizures. One of the best things I was able to do for him was to get him to stop smoking marijuana. After I got him off the pot her was seizure free for 12 months. I think smoking cigarettes has a strong impact on my life - I have picked up the habit again (been smoking cigarettes for 3 months now). It's something I really want to stop but I don't get much encouragement. You mentioned a "nicorette inhaler" Has the inhaler been effective? Reply

ashduhig

Posted by: ashduhig
Posted: 3rd Mar 2014

chickclaire says: I feel really sorry for you but you sound like you have made the right decision to give up smoking for the kids. I had an ex-boyfriend with ADHD and an Acquired Brain; I was constantly taking him...

ashduhig says: yes Reply

chickclaire

Posted by: chickclaire
Posted: 4th Mar 2014

ashduhig says: yes

chickclaire says: I'm glad the nicotine inhaler has worked for you. It certainly has worked for me. I have been on the inhaler exclusively fora couple of months. I really feel better since I've given up the durries (cigarettes) Reply

bjl

Posted by: bjl
Posted: 9th May 2014

chickclaire says: I'm glad the nicotine inhaler has worked for you. It certainly has worked for me. I have been on the inhaler exclusively fora couple of months. I really feel better since I've given up the durries...

bjl says: The plain packaging to me was an inconvenience that made no difference to my addictionHave smoked for over 50 yrs.Last 4-5 yrs tried nico gum+e ciggs as a replacement but still smoked normal ciggs.Finally bringing up pinkies had a chest xray.Have central pulmonary hypertension +severe COPD.Given 2-5 yrs No ciggs at all,but a constant reminder of my condition is the continual chest pain not severe but expected to increase with time. Reply

lesley

Posted by: lesley
Posted: 31st Jan 2014

DDD49 says: I agree - I've stopped smoking - I stopped smoking for a couple of years after smoking for 40 years but a few years ago @ Peel Health Campus an X-ray showed a large dark patch on my left lung &...

lesley says: Hi i have read a lot of things that all you guys have said about smoking and as to the photos on packets i wish my kids had done that to me then after smoking for 47 years and at the point of being told i now have Lung Cancer after just finishing 12 weeks of Cemo and Ray treatment for cervical cancer it is time for smokes to go and it is not easy to give up the drug and that is what smokes are drugs thank you lesley Reply

TAULA

Posted by: TAULA
Posted: 31st Mar 2014

lesley says: Hi i have read a lot of things that all you guys have said about smoking and as to the photos on packets i wish my kids had done that to me then after smoking for 47 years and at the point of being...

TAULA says: Hi Leslie. I myself have been smoking for 43yrs. You know it has to be the individuals choice. The more your told not to do something the more you dig your heals in. My father smoked all his life and didn't die of cancer. My Aunty (dads sister) never smoked in her life, nor her husband. She died riddled with cancer. Just goes to show you, you never know whats around the corner. I do agree the pictures on the packets don't put you off. In fact I don't even give them a second glance. I have a saying, you could stop smoking for your health, then walk out and get hit by a bus. I intend to live my way and be happy. As long as I'm not hurting anyone in the process. All the very best. Beryl. Reply

socker

Posted by: socker
Posted: 1st Apr 2014

TAULA says: Hi Leslie. I myself have been smoking for 43yrs. You know it has to be the individuals choice. The more your told not to do something the more you dig your heals in. My father smoked all his life...

socker says: My son used to smoke and while studying at uni to be an RN a component of the course was to work in a hospitable.

The hospitable had a designated smoking area which happened to be near a ward where a patient with lung cancer happened to be at the time. Listening to the difficulty this guy had breathing quickly cured my son from wanting to smoke.

Another instant was my cousin who used to smoke and was studying chemistry as part of his studies they had to dissect the lung of a smoker and the lug of a cow. Just looking at the difference between the two quickly cured his dependance on cigarettes as well. Reply

jojo

Posted by: jojo
Posted: 12th May 2014

DDD49 says: I agree - I've stopped smoking - I stopped smoking for a couple of years after smoking for 40 years but a few years ago @ Peel Health Campus an X-ray showed a large dark patch on my left lung &...

jojo says: I'm a smoker but smoke maybe 10 smokes a day.. the plain packets do not change anything about how smokers see it.the cost that the government has on them will stop people smoking faster . I think if they can give smokes a plain packet then so should alcohol bottles.labels with dead people from drink drivers . because how many lives are lost due to alcohol related accidents Reply

Reilly doggy

Posted by: Reilly doggy
Posted: 9th Feb 2014

Flick<3 says: I'm not a smoker. I'm 16 and I've never smoked. But despite that I have multiple friends who like the pictures on cigarette packets because they cut them and are making a montage to stop their...

Reilly doggy says: I agree,
I think it is pointless putting
Pictures on cigerret boxes of people that smoke and what
There babies will look like etc.
This won't make them stop if any thing it will make them want to keep going
Because smokers would think that the government wants them to stop.
Imagine if the government banned smoking the smokers would go crazy. Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 6th May 2014

Flick<3 says: I'm not a smoker. I'm 16 and I've never smoked. But despite that I have multiple friends who like the pictures on cigarette packets because they cut them and are making a montage to stop their...

says: this is so true the pictures are doing nothing I am 18 and i have never smoked but my brothers do and the pictures don't affect them as they just don't look at them and as for the plain packaging that is doing nothing as well i mean you can still get the same cigarettes as you did before it is just in a different packet Reply

JJay

Posted by: JJay
Posted: 25th Jan 2014

JJay says: yes Reply

Suzieque

Posted by: Suzieque
Posted: 31st Jan 2014

JJay says: yes

Suzieque says: I have been smoking for 50years I am healthy. The Government will never stop the public from smoking for they take 65% of the cost of cigarettes as tax and then give free cigarettes to the boat people. For many years a cigarette was clean to smoke there was no smell or dirty smoke that came out of them. The cigarette companies are just as bad as the government for they could start making the cigarettes with the same recipe as they used for many years. I even wrote to the manufacturers asking for them to make the cigarettes how they use to instead of putting their customers through what they are going through with the public let us enjoy our lives with something that keeps us calm and everyone else happy. I was raised to believe that charity begins at home how come we have to pay for the boat people to enjoy what we are not allowed to enjoy. Suzieque Reply

Suzieque

Posted by: Suzieque
Posted: 31st Jan 2014

JJay says: yes

Suzieque says: I have been smoking for 50years I am healthy. The Government will never stop the public from smoking for they take 65% of the cost of cigarettes as tax and then give free cigarettes to the boat people. For many years a cigarette was clean to smoke there was no smell or dirty smoke that came out of them. The cigarette companies are just as bad as the government for they could start making the cigarettes with the same recipe as they used for many years. I even wrote to the manufacturers asking for them to make the cigarettes how they use to instead of putting their customers through what they are going through with the public let us enjoy our lives with something that keeps us calm and everyone else happy. I was raised to believe that charity begins at home how come we have to pay for the boat people to enjoy what we are not allowed to enjoy. Suzieque Reply

socker

Posted by: socker
Posted: 1st Apr 2014

Suzieque says: I have been smoking for 50years I am healthy. The Government will never stop the public from smoking for they take 65% of the cost of cigarettes as tax and then give free cigarettes to the boat...

socker says: My wife and I both used to smoke and the doctor advised her to stop as she was pregnant so we both quit. That was forty-five years ago and neither have smoked since. I must of saved a fortune in that time as when we gave up cigarettes they were 40cents a packet of twenty. We thought that was expensive.

Now the smell of them takes my breath away when I walk past someone smoking. Reply

Jaja

Posted by: Jaja
Posted: 28th Jan 2014

Jaja says: am 20 and am a smoker I really don't think it has affected smokers we smoke what is in the packets not what contains it. Reply

becca0223

Posted by: becca0223
Posted: 28th Jan 2014

becca0223 says: I don't smoke, but i used to work in a retail shop that sells cigarettes. It makes no difference at all. The people who want to smoke, are going to smoke regardless of what the picture on their packaging looks like. Most would cover it in something anyway. Many customers had cases to put the packs into. Sales for cigarettes only went up, not down after these packets were introduced. Reply

Sam

Posted by: Sam
Posted: 30th Jan 2014

Sam says: I've smoked on and off for the last 17year's. I am aware of the dangers and as such have never smoked during pregnancy and do not smoke around my kids and wash my hands before interacting with them afterwards. I can say the plain package has had no impact on myself as I never looked at the packet anyway. It's a means to an ends really. It's not like you sit around looking at your lunch box just because it holds your lunch. You eat your lunch plain and simple just as I grab a smoke without noticing the pack. Reply

couchkanga

Posted by: couchkanga
Posted: 31st Jan 2014

couchkanga says: no i dont think it has made a difference.
people will still smoke regardless of packs Reply

ceanna jane

Posted by: ceanna jane
Posted: 10th May 2015

couchkanga says: no i dont think it has made a difference.
people will still smoke regardless of packs

ceanna jane says: Couchkanga I am with you on this one.I believe those who have an addition to cigarettes are going to smoke regardless.packaging doesn't change a thing other than a box that it comes in.I have smoked for ten years and the change of packaging didn't even make me think twice. Bottom line unless you want to give it up you won't,regardless of price or packaging. Reply

ceanna jane

Posted by: ceanna jane
Posted: 10th May 2015

couchkanga says: no i dont think it has made a difference.
people will still smoke regardless of packs

ceanna jane says: Couchkanga I am with you on this one.I believe those who have an addition to cigarettes are going to smoke regardless.packaging doesn't change a thing other than a box that it comes in.I have smoked for ten years and the change of packaging didn't even make me think twice. Bottom line unless you want to give it up you won't,regardless of price or packaging. Reply

ceanna jane

Posted by: ceanna jane
Posted: 10th May 2015

couchkanga says: no i dont think it has made a difference.
people will still smoke regardless of packs

ceanna jane says: Couchkanga I am with you on this one.I believe those who have an addition to cigarettes are going to smoke regardless.packaging doesn't change a thing other than a box that it comes in.I have smoked for ten years and the change of packaging didn't even make me think twice. Bottom line unless you want to give it up you won't,regardless of price or packaging. Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 2nd Feb 2014

says: No I don't believe so, not for the younger generation they make jokes about the pictures on the packets... Reply

Michaellian

Posted by: Michaellian
Posted: 3rd Feb 2014

Michaellian says: In my opinion the plain packaging is just to warn smokers the detrimental health effects which can affect the smokers themselves and the people around them. I don't think the Government will ban smoking altogether because of the amount of money the Government collected from all the companies producing the cigarettes. I think the facts that smokers are covering up the health messages show that it does have an impact on them but the choice is still up to them to continue or stop smoking. Reply

f.sey

Posted by: f.sey
Posted: 6th Feb 2014

f.sey says: to be honest i don't really think the new packages have made much of a difference, i'm a teenager and i have allot of friends that smoke, and i've never heard of anyone that has stopped buying cigarettes cause they're put off by the images on the packaging. Reply

atkklas7

Posted by: atkklas7
Posted: 24th Mar 2014

f.sey says: to be honest i don't really think the new packages have made much of a difference, i'm a teenager and i have allot of friends that smoke, and i've never heard of anyone that has stopped buying...

atkklas7 says: I agree , I'm a no smoker but I have friends & family that choose to smoke & non so far have quit smoking because of the packaging , When it's mentioned the usual reply is it's just a pic " they're actors or it's dramatized " or I don't even noticed the pic anymore . All responses that suggest the campaign is not successful but I'm still hoping the Pictures are scaring a new generation of up coming Kids enough to Prevent them from making The Poor decision to Smoke Reply

SimDiesel

Posted by: SimDiesel
Posted: 13th Feb 2014

SimDiesel says: No, It is a blatant rip off via the govt..
Plain or advertised colouring of packaging has ZERO effect on consumers.
A smoker will smoke regardless.
All the govt. did was reduce the costs of the suppliers making them more money, still taxing the shithouse out of cigarettes and making billions from it.
If it's so bad, ban it, otherwise piss off..
How many times do you walk into an RSL club and see a line of 90+yo grannys gambling away all day smoking that have probably smoked since they were teenagers???
It CAN cause ill affects, just like driving a car or walking down the street.
It CAN cause cancer, but what doesn't these days?
Don't smoke, don't drink, don't go outside, don't let the sun see you.
May as well sit in a box inside your home and die of all the deficiencies this stupid mentality is causing to everybody.
You live ONCE, go enjoy it! No point denying yourself everything under the sun (or shade as do-gooders would like) and live a shitty life instead of going out and having everything in a bit of moderation.. Reply

BonzaBazza

Posted by: BonzaBazza
Posted: 15th Feb 2014

SimDiesel says: No, It is a blatant rip off via the govt..
Plain or advertised colouring of packaging has ZERO effect on consumers.
A smoker will smoke regardless.
All the govt. did was reduce the...

BonzaBazza says: To SimDiesel: A Very colourful iteration and possibly true, but, our government has to raise tobacco taxes, yes! it certainly makes them billions, but remember this, it is costing billions to treat those that became ill or have died specifically due to cigarettes. I "smoked" from age 13 until 43 y. o., and I tell you, one and all, giving up smoking is easy. It's the endless craving that drives you on. Working in Beenleigh, Brisbane, away from home and family mostly, I made a pledge, that as soon as I attained a transfer at or close to home, I would "quit smoking". Two years later, transferred, driving along the freeway towards home, smoking, I remembered, tossed my cigarette out the car window, followed by the lighter, followed by my near full pack of cigarettes. Every time I felt the dire craving need, I quietly reminded my brain of my pledge, told my brain it may as well give up asking for a "fag", it has buckley's chance, none. I stuck to my guns, and after a short three weeks, the craving was diminished to once a week plead, which my brain then knew, was final. I haven't smoked a single cigarette from the age of 46 to this day, aged 73 March 4th, 2014. By the way, my brain has ceased asking for a "fag" as well. You see, it's all in your mind, "your mind", you control it, do so. Reply

bugz

Posted by: bugz
Posted: 25th Mar 2014

BonzaBazza says: To SimDiesel: A Very colourful iteration and possibly true, but, our government has to raise tobacco taxes, yes! it certainly makes them billions, but remember this, it is costing billions to treat...

bugz says: I am 28 and it is cheaper to get drugs then tabaco so most of my mates whent. To weed known as canabus as it is aligale but cheaper I hope that it keep going up as drugs are going to be cheaper and if tabaco. God up it should go to Medicare. As it is the health that the government is worred about so we live longer so we pay more taxes in our lives and it is wrong what hapend to enjoying life I gess it is slowly fading I in joy smoking as I do not drink? Repost to all have fun before it is gone bring back old packaging! Xoxoxo
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jamescasey

Posted by: jamescasey
Posted: 2nd Mar 2014

jamescasey says: There is no logical reason why a government would remove any advertising on pack
They give us a losded gun and then say shoot ur self in the head u cant see the bullet. Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 2nd Mar 2014

says: The new packaging did have an effect on me initially, however that passed & I find now I don't even notice the pictures at all. I feel it's all been a waste of time & money, & the Government should be offering some form of help(quit smoking talks & group sessions) instead of increasing the price of cigarettes. The Government seems to be the only ones that have gained through all of this, that's no surprise!! Reply

goanna

Posted by: goanna
Posted: 3rd Mar 2014

goanna says: Nothing at all. I know plenty of people who still smoke regardless of what the package looks like. Price increase won't stop people from smoking either. They cut back on food starving themselves of nutrients rather than quitting because they are addicted to nicotine. Reply

noodles44

Posted by: noodles44
Posted: 3rd Mar 2014

noodles44 says: no plain packaging has had no effect on me smoking at all, the only thing is that when you go to the supermarket to buy them alot of the time they will give you the wrong ones Reply

rochelle1043

Posted by: rochelle1043
Posted: 4th Mar 2014

rochelle1043 says: Im sure it's can be considered encouraging support for those who are willing to give up however, the people who don't care about their well being would think its pointless so as it is helping some people it should stay on. I have friends who smoked and every time they see the pictures they get a discouraged and sometimes they even put the cigarette down. Reply

Anzacbaby

Posted by: Anzacbaby
Posted: 6th Mar 2014

Anzacbaby says: I am not and never have been a smoker, can't even stand the smell at all. I have a few clients that smoke though. One older lady that I know, hates the packaging but cannot give up smoking, so now she has bought a "pretty coloured plastic pack" to put her ciggies in! Kind of defeats the purpose of the packaging with her. I think most people are already well aware that their habit is unhealthy but don't think this will really help the overall problem much. Anzacbaby Reply

caitiejayne

Posted by: caitiejayne
Posted: 10th Mar 2014

caitiejayne says: I don't believe that it has changed a single thing, I still smoke and leave my smokes in the packet that there in, I believe that its like all things if its the truth then they should show u Reply

doc46

Posted by: doc46
Posted: 10th Mar 2014

doc46 says: I think if someone truly wants to give up for the right reasons, then they will. The pictures on packets, coupled with the increase in price are not the fundamental reasons why someone will give up. If people can spend their last $20 on alcohol, they will spend their last $20 on cigarettes. Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 14th Mar 2014

says: It's really bad Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 16th Mar 2014

says: I am smoker, and I don't think it's made any impact what so ever. Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 25th Mar 2014

says: Hey. I don't think the images effect the smokers because, I use to smoke and every time I look at the pictures I'll be like that'll never happen to me. Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 25th Mar 2014

says: Hey. I don't think the images effect the smokers because, I use to smoke and every time I look at the pictures I'll be like that'll never happen to me. Reply

bellaa

Posted by: bellaa
Posted: 28th Mar 2014

bellaa says: Not a huge impact, as a smoker i already know its bad for me the packaging isn't informing me anything or convincing me not to buy cigarettes, just find it annoying to have gross pictures on the front Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 29th Mar 2014

says: I'm 22 years old and I never smoke before. My whole family are smoking. My mom, brother, sister, cousins, and everyone. I don't think the picture on cigarette's package will work on my family or other smokers because they don't care about the picture. There are three reasons why they don't care.
Reason one is they don't believe in a picture (maybe they think it's a fake?) and they might think that it will never bad happen to them in the future, just like in a picture. They think they will be full healthy in the future if they keep smoking.
Reason two is that some of the people can't stop smoking, even though they wanted to. Long time ago, my mom stopped smoking in a year and she was happy. But now she back to smoke again because she feels so urge to smoke again. I'm not smoking but I do understand how hard to stop smoking. I believe that the picture on cigarette are not strong enough to help them to stop.
Reason three is that they always need to smoking to calm down when they are having a hard times. That is why some of the smokers are angry when they see the picture. They just ignored it because they need in smoking.
I like how the government put a picture for the people's sake. I do understand why the government do that. And yes, many smokers say it won't change them. It's sad but true. But don't give up! Keep putting picture and let have a hope that someday they will change their mind to stop smoking. It's better that way. Reply

TAULA

Posted by: TAULA
Posted: 31st Mar 2014

TAULA says: There are many people I know that don't bother to cover up the packet s or transfer them to another reciprical. Whats the point. If your going to smoke ,.people aren't that stupid. This thing about smoking came from one councilor who's Aunty died of Cancer. It's just another way of the Government making an extra buck off the working class. The same can be said about Alcohol. I personally don't drink but I look at the way the prices have sky rocketed and wonder what else are they going to do to stop the working classes enjoyment. Why don't they tackle the important issues like how to stop the rents going up so people can afford to eat... Reply

TAULA

Posted by: TAULA
Posted: 31st Mar 2014

TAULA says: There are many people I know that don't bother to cover up the packet s or transfer them to another reciprical. Whats the point. If your going to smoke ,.people aren't that stupid. This thing about smoking came from one councilor who's Aunty died of Cancer. It's just another way of the Government making an extra buck off the working class. The same can be said about Alcohol. I personally don't drink but I look at the way the prices have sky rocketed and wonder what else are they going to do to stop the working classes enjoyment. Why don't they tackle the important issues like how to stop the rents going up so people can afford to eat... Reply

 longuts

Posted by: longuts
Posted: 1st Apr 2014

longuts says: I am a smoker, it hasn't had an impact on the fact that I know what product I want and still ask for it. I don't smoke alot and am in the throws of giving up. In short, people know what they want, smokers don't really go and swap or change brands. I think it was a pointless exercise really. Reply

REDNECKBEC

Posted by: REDNECKBEC
Posted: 6th Apr 2014

REDNECKBEC says: hell no it hasnt i am a smoker have for 7 yrs now the only things that plain packaging has done is piss people of showing horrific images of a dying baby does not put anyone in a good mood. smoking is a choice i know from my point of view taxes on smoking has made more of an impact on me then seeing some horrible picture. i just take them out and put it in something else that way i don't have to look at it. the message doesn't bother me the picture does that's like sharing photos of little kids that have been beaten to death by Muslims and saying this is what you are doing to our country! its the same thing really. the only thing plain packaging is doing is confusing people i have had the smokes i have asked for messed up so much because of it. the government reckons we live in a free country but we cant smoke in certain areas of the public we cant smoke in our cars or we get a fine, but the government doesn't fine cigarette companies for putting toxic chemicals in the tobacco, there are some places that sell plain tobacco with nothing in it but its expensive to get. if the government want to change the heath risks with it take fine the tobacco companies for the chemicals! Reply

roger0987

Posted by: roger0987
Posted: 7th Apr 2014

roger0987 says: yes I gave up after 35 yrs
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Di-zee

Posted by: Di-zee
Posted: 13th Apr 2014

Di-zee says: Plain package was an excuse to make life diffecult for the shop workers who have to put them on display. If the government was serious about helping smokers they would take out the chemicals in them. Yes I bought the old chop chop not afraid to say it. It had les chemicals then a Packet of ciggies you pay a forturne for. They could paint the packets with crossbones, barbwire wraped around a throat it is not going to stop people. Take out 50% of the harmful chemicals and see how many people would smoke. Raw tobacco don't burn as quick. That is my say. Yes I am a smoker aholic. Not proud of it. Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 14th Apr 2014

says: I am a smoker, it hasnt impacted me at all. Reply

bigmat2345

Posted by: bigmat2345
Posted: 15th Apr 2014

bigmat2345 says: I am a long time smoker and It hasn't effected me one bit, in fact I think it just desensitizes us so we eventually aren't fazed one bit about it. Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 16th Apr 2014

says: Smokers cover them not because of the pictures even before the pictures went on the girls I worked with did it so they could fit in ttheir lighters or just to accessorise t ok their own taste the guys didn't bother . I order in a factory situation and on my shift there would have been probably about 100 people half if not more were smokers
Reply

wikkidgypsy

Posted by: wikkidgypsy
Posted: 18th Apr 2014

wikkidgypsy says: Love the individuality in everyone's comments. A few years ago I had commenced a course in Aged Care and Disability and the one thing that stuck in my mind was recalling the Teacher's opening statement in regards to Seniors living much longer, post world war 11. Government statistics had exhibited that there are more and more Nursing homes required today, due to Elderly Smoking and Drinking alcohol and it went further explaining that genocide is no longer occurring.

Following this 2 year course, I began studying other area's and have learned never to conform to the Government's way because it is clear in their wording that they wish genocide would still occur.

Many may be aware of the recent Lawsuit against the Government in regards to the young Man seen in the cigarette packaging that had died within 13 weeks. The Government stated that this young Man had died of lung Cancer, when in actual fact, he had died of Aids instead.

Personally, many would do far better not to believe their Government. Reply

wild123

Posted by: wild123
Posted: 24th Apr 2014

wild123 says: I think it is pointless putting
Pictures on cigerret boxes of people that smoke and what
There babies will look like etc.
This won't make them stop if any thing it will make them want to keep going
Because smokers would think that the government wants them to stop.
Imagine if the government banned smoking the smokers would go crazy.




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evandijk

Posted by: evandijk
Posted: 8th May 2014

evandijk says: Smoking is an addiction, the picture on the pack is not going to change that fact. My Husband has smoked (secretly so he thought) for 40 years. Last year he had a heart attack and was going to give up, but he is still smoking SECRETLY. I feel that if stop smoking products became more affordable it may help those that really want to give up. Reply

Preeti

Posted by: Preeti
Posted: 3rd Jun 2014

Preeti says: I don't think pictures on packets play any role in smoking habits Reply

Burreme64

Posted by: Burreme64
Posted: 3rd Aug 2014

Burreme64 says: i am an ex smoker of 40 years. i do find the pictures a little abhorant,but i think thier most prohibitive factor is price
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Sil

Posted by: Sil
Posted: 13th Sep 2014

Sil says: hhhmmm its tricky, i used to smoke but stopped 5-6 years ago. To be honest the packaging had nothing to do with it. I find they are a little fake looking & if ppl have a habit or addiction of any type gross pictures are not going to turn you off. Perhaps it more for ppl aho may want to try it, and these images turn them off.. its bad for you & everyone is aware of it, but if your going to do it, packaging & price wont stop anyone Reply

jacquiSmith91

Posted by: jacquiSmith91
Posted: 21st Jun 2015

jacquiSmith91 says: I gave up buying n smoking... Feel better.., Reply

Jim 007

Posted by: Jim 007
Posted: 13th Oct 2015

Jim 007 says: Smoking is bad ,alcohol is,eating wrong foods as well.I have Aunties in their 80s Still smoking,I think if you do the all three it is not good,exercise is important just walking is good.I think it is wrong for these pictures to be on a high tax product,they do not put pictures of rotten livers on alcohol bottles.Smokers do not cause the mayhem that drunks do either. Reply

Suzanna81

Posted by: Suzanna81
Posted: 11th Aug 2017

Suzanna81 says: Changing the packaging does not make ppl stop smoking n it deffinately doesn't stop ppl from smoking the brand they like... The one thing I do know being a smoker is that the cost keeps going up every couple of months and I don't understand why since all the packaging is all the same well then shouldn't it cost less since there would be less cost in printing since they use the same ink colours etc... The government isn't concerned about ppl's health, they are only concerned about how they can get more money out of ppl by making them pay more for the things that ppl want rather then need.... Reply