I wonder how many of your readers agree it’s right that a highly addictive product like tobacco is sold in packaging designed to entice and beguile.
Or that a legal product – which, uniquely, eventually kills half the people who use it as intended – is allowed to be wrapped up to make it appear like a lipstick case, making it appealing to young people.
Or that an industry is allowed to use methods such as this in a nefarious attempt to recruit the 13,000 people in Scotland each year it needs to replace those who die as a result of smoking.
British Heart Foundation Scotland thinks it’s all wrong. Those who agree don’t have long to take what could be a unique opportunity to express those views and make a real difference to our children’s health. The UK government’s consultation on plain packaging for tobacco products closes on 10 August.
I urge your readers to make their views count by signing our petition at www.bhf.org.uk/plainpackaging.
British Heart Foundation Scotland
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