I have never been a smoker (trying it as a school boy doesn’t count) but I grew up with parents who were, like most of their generation regular smokers. When I worked in restaurants I hated the way that the smell of cigarettes would permeate every pore of your being by the end of a shift. we don’t even have one single ashtray in this house and when we do have guests who smoke they are all trained to do so outside. My children get a consistent message from us that smoking is a very bad habit with lots of negative consequences. That said I am rather ambivalent about the way that anti-smoking zealots want to try to pretend that smoking was never an all pervasive habit. We find old movies and photographs digitally altered to remove cigarettes personally I would prefer that they don’t try to re-write the past in our own image because it just strikes me as being fundamentally dishonest.
which brings me to the latest episode in the politics of plan packaging for the ole coffin nails, If you were a Labor supporter you would just have to be shaking your head over this one:
I am entirely ambivalent about the plain packaging issue per se but the sort of moral grandstanding we have had from Labor over donations form tobacco companies to the coalition now looks very hypocritical indeed because to accept unsolicited donations is one thing but to actively seek funds from “big tobacco” is a whole lot more serious in my book.