Those nasty Tobacco Companies are at it again, trying to sell their [legal] product to their consumer base. But the terminally righteous are always there to stop the big, bad [tobacco] product getting to the consumer. Now it’s the colour of the packaging that has got them fainting with apoplexy:
With the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act due to take effect June 22, tobacco companies are lightening up their packaging colors on “light” or “mild” cigarette brands, USA Today reports. The act prohibits the use of the words “light” or “mild” on cigarette advertising or packaging.Damn those tobacco companies. Thank god there are good people out there that want to
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and the American Lung Association have accused the tobacco companies of being disingenuous for using lighter colors to convey the “light” or “mild” brands. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance that found many smokers think cigarettes called “light” or “mild” have fewer health risks.Who would have thought that simple colour changes could cause such indignity?
The color changes are “a transparent attempt by the tobacco industry to evade the law and mislead consumers,” said Waxman.Well I would hope so Paul, a lot of tobacco company workers and shareholders stake their pensions on it.
“The tobacco industry is masterful in its knowledge of consumer behavior and marketing,” added Paul Billings, vice president for national policy for lung association.
And for once R.J. Reynolds are not being cowed:
R.J. Reynolds countered that the “smoking experience” is what smokers enjoy about “light” cigarettes. Coloring the packaging on those brands will alert smokers that the taste they enjoy is still available, said David Howard of R.J. Reynolds, which makes the Salem brand.Hmm, just when I was warming to you Howard.
Salem cigarette packages had been the same green shade but now “lights” are housed in a lighter green and white, while “ultra lights” come in a pale gray and white. “The bottom line is there is no safe cigarette…and that is certainly well-known among adult cigarette consumers,” said Howard.
The FDA just had to have the last word:
FDA spokeswoman Kathleen Quinn said the ban encompasses “mild,” “light” and “low” but that the agency would look into any probably violations on a case-by-case basis.What violations? They have, because of the impending law, taken the words “light” and “low tar” from their packaging but are not going against the law by still producing the light and low tar brands, they must have some way of conveying to the consumer what they are buying, surely?
My apologies to the inimitable JuliaM for my crude attempt at aping her style or writing. After all, there is only one Ambush Predator.