Retailers question packaging

A TOOGOOLAWAH newsagent has questioned whether a plain packaging policy for cigarettes do anything more than inconvenience retailers.

Cressbrook Newsagency owner, Mark Bulow, said both he and his wife were non-smokers and supported people quitting smoking, but said plain packaging would not achieve this.

“We support people's right to have a choice with smoking and we are not against the campaign to convince people to quit or to stop young people from taking up the habit,” he said.

“We are mainly against the lack of common sense that is behind the idea of plain packaging.

“We will have to have the entire cigarette cabinet covered with the new rules anyway, so it seems like doubling up to have the packets plainly packaged.”

Mr Bulow said the packaging would cause a slump in productivity.

“All the packets are going to look the same and that is going to cause delays,” he said.

 

Mr Bulow said the covered display might help to increase awareness.

“With all of the cigarettes covered, it might increase the noticability of the health warnings,” he said.

“I don't think plain packaging will help, and it won't reduce a smoker's desire to smoke.”


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