Thank goodness we have some wonderful people batting for us vapoteurs. We need to be aware of the clever tricks played by our enemies.
In this blog, I ranted about the "fact" that Plain Packaging was coming to the UK. But evidently leaking a "fact" (which might not be true) is a dirty trick employed by Tobacco Control. The headline in the Guardian has gone viral - and now is in every country. UK is introducing plain packaging!
I find that idea - of using an inaccurate headline to make something appear to be happening, when it might not be - very deeply and profoundly disturbing. It is happening with vaping too. Every case of it should be challenged. Who will challenge the Guardian on behalf of all those people who have fought against plain packaging?
If plain packaging comes here, this is how it impacts on business:-
• 90% of small retailers experienced increases
in time taken to serve tobacco customers and 75% report
additional time is spent communicating with these customers
about tobacco products.
• 73% faced increased
frustration from adult tobacco customers and 59% have seen
an increase in the frequency of staff supplying the wrong
products primarily due to difficulty in recognising and
distinguishing between brands.
• Nearly half of small
retailers consider that plain packaging has negatively
affected the level of service they are able to provide their
• The large majority of small
retailers find it takes more time to order stock and around
80% have experienced an increase in the occurrence of out of
stocks since the transition.
• The majority of small
retailers reported that their staff now have a heavier
• Almost two-thirds of small retailers have
spent additional time training staff as a result of the
changeover while 40% have faced additional costs from
training staff members.
• Two-thirds of small retailers
do not perceive that Government considers the needs of small
businesses at all in its tobacco legislation while the same
amount report their feelings towards the Government are now
less favourable as a result of the plain packaging
• 77% of small retailers said plain
packaging is having a negative impact on their business
• Small retailers are concerned that plain
packaging will result in an increase in illicit
• Couriers delivering stock face longer waiting
times in store, a loss of productivity and potentially
Isn't this criminal? Such disregard from Governments, such foolishness.