Friday, April 15, 2011

Hong Kong confirms rise in smuggling

Hong Kong confirms rise in smuggling

Tobacco control just doesn't seem to understand the simple fact that they are never going to be able to make tobacco "go away". In a just and pragmatic world, they'd focus more of their efforts on harm reduction. That would have to mean that they (the anti smokers) would have to do an about face in their approach by encouraging governments around the world to allow the development and marketing of reduced risk products. The folks over at the WHO fail to realize and admit the fact that under the current directive manual of tobacco control via the FCTC (Framework Convention on Tobacco Control), they are in fact doing more harm than good: not only does the FCTC undermine the individual sovereignty of "free" citizens everywhere, it also effectively places shackles on any progress that is, and could, be made in the world of harm reduction, all while discouraging the legitimate sale of a legal product. Thus, the higher taxation, coupled with lack of communication (bans on packaging colors and product description, etc.) only ENCOURAGES the black market to flourish. How can that be good for public health?

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