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DON'T COUNT ON ME.

Byline: SUE CARROLL

EVIDENCE proves that showing horrific pictures of young people dying terrible deaths from drug addiction doesn't deter others from taking drugs.

Similarly, the number of teenagers who smoke has risen, despite graphic images of diseased lungs on packets, a pounds 25million government advertising campaign pointing out the evils of nicotine and a ban on smoking in public places.

So why should removing cigarettes from displays in shops make any difference? Public Health Minister Dawn "Of The Dread" Primarolo think sit will discourage kids - so we can dismiss that as meaningless.

Doesn't she understand this new Stalinism makes smoking as irresistible as banging on the door of a speakeasy?

Some shopkeepers think it may lead to fewer confrontations with under-age smokers. Under 18, that is. Which means that the rest of the British adult public, must be treated like morons slipping into shops and asking for under-the-counter cigs as if they were "something for the weekend".

This government has done everything possible to demonise cigarettes except make them illegal.

Why not? Because although we're dirty polluters - the Treasury needs our cash.

Which is why, from now on, I'll buy my cigs overseas NOT over British counters.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 26, 2008
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