Elsewhere in this column, I have waxed lyrically on the corruption of governments, re “vaping” – and the absurdity of offensive pictures on cigarette packets.
Vaping is discussed here… https://morpheusatloppers.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/morpheus-on-the-alternatives-to-smoking/
And the pictures article can be found here… https://morpheusatloppers.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/morpheus-on-pictures-on-cigarette-packs/
Not much has happened since my piece on vaping; governments continue to BAN it, while LYING about its comparative safety, being content to allow countless millions to continue to DIE from the effects of tobacco – provided they can continue to glom billions in TAX from it.
The only thing I can add is that if sanity comes from anywhere, it may well begin with nations whose governments do not rely on tobacco tax for their survival – like island states, whose main revenue comes from TOURISM.
If they legalised, regulated and actively PROMOTED vaping, it might actually SAVE them money – given the resultant drop in smoking-related health issues, among their indigenous populations.
Then, as the advance from smoking tobacco to vaping SPREAD – complete with the health benefits – governments dependent on tobacco tax would find it increasingly difficult to JUSTIFY banning it.
But government bullsh*t takes a while to dissipate – and finding alternate, HIDDEN ways of raising that much revenue would be difficult. Therefore I doubt if vaping will supplant traditional cigarettes World-wide, in what is left of MY lifetime.
However, you may rest assured that with the Interweb making purchasing easy, THIS author will certainly be trying e-fags in the near future.
Which brings me to the latest silliness on those offensive pictures on the packets; as I have mentioned before, the Thai government are more interested in being SEEN to act, than actually making a difference. And so in this spirit, they have just launched their latest crop of cigarette-pack pictures.
This time, they occupy nearly 90% of the pack-fronts, instead of the former 60%. And as before, they mostly show rotting bits of person (although ONE looks like a rejected extra from “The Walking Dead”).
But ALSO as before, a couple are unintentionally HILARIOUS. GONE now, is the lout puffing obviously-fake smoke in his baby’s face – and IN come THESE two…
Where the label that should be attached to his big toe has gone, I cannot say. But at least his skin is a nice, healthy colour. However, I have saved the BEST until last…
I gather this one has had people WETTING themselves laughing!!
Although having been a smoker for over forty years now – at sixty-two, I can confirm that Captain Cucumber (am I sharing too much?) is STILL as sturdy as EVER.
Like a FRENCH BREAD, baby!