反烟战争走向全球
2011年01月26日来源:烟草在线据《烟草世界》报道编译

  烟草在线据《烟草世界》报道编译  当前,对烟草和吸烟者的战争已经走向了全球。《纽约时报》的一篇关于政府管理卷烟包装和广告的报道,透露出开展这样的反烟行动的地理范围十分广泛。

  像制造万宝路卷烟的菲莫国际和制造登喜路卷烟的英美烟草这些公司,则正在反对英国对烟草广告的限制、南非烟盒上使用更大的健康警语,以及菲律宾和墨西哥对卷烟的提税。它们还花费数十亿美元,用于在非洲和亚洲开展游说活动和市场营销活动,并且有一次还为澳大利亚的电视广告提供秘密资金。

  如今,吸烟可能是简单的愉悦,但吸烟显然充满了健康危险。但国际官员们就像一个简单的工具——一把锤子——往往将所有的问题都视为小钉子,这实在是十分有趣。这就是说,有一种推定,认为世界上各国人民没有能力自行决定吸烟还是不吸烟。另外,如何解释美国食品与药品管理局制定的关于加香卷烟的禁令?如何解释美国食品与药品管理局已经计划明年实施的,将卷烟烟盒大约80%的表面印制健康警语的计划?人们没有必要支持吸烟,并且想知道到哪才是尽头:政府什么情况下才会停止设法将我们从自己手中中挽救出来?

The War on Cigarettes Goes Global

January 20th, 2011
Tobacco World

  The wars on tobacco and smokers have gone global, as evidenced by international bureaucrats from the World Health Organization meeting in Uruguay this week to debate anti-smoking initiatives.  A The New York Times news story on government efforts to regulate cigarette packaging and advertising reveals the vast geographic scope of such campaigns:

  Companies like Philip Morris International , producer of Marlboro cigarettes and  Virginia cigarettes and British American Tobacco, producer of Dunhill cigarettes are contesting limits on ads in Britain, bigger health warnings in South America and higher cigarette taxes in the Philippines and Mexico. They are also spending billions on lobbying and marketing campaigns in Africa and Asia, and in one case provided undisclosed financing for TV commercials in Australia.

  Now, smoking may be a simple pleasure, but it is clearly full of health risks.  But it's interesting that international bureacrats resemble a simple tool — a hammer — with a tendency to regard all problems as nails.  That is, there is a presumption that the peoples of the world are incapable of deciding for themselves whether or not to smoke. How else to explain the proposed ban on flavored cigarettes, which the US FDA has already done, and plans to envelope some 80 percent of cigarette packaging in warning labels,which the U.S. FDA has scheduled for next year? One doesn’t need to be pro-smoking to wonder where it ends: at what point does government stop trying to save us from ourselves?

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