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Sam_Garland

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PostSubject: Cigarretes under the counter?   Wed 26 Mar 2008, 23:23

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/03/25/nfags125.xml

What do we think - gimmick, or a real way of reducing the increasing level of under-age smokers?
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PostSubject: Re: Cigarretes under the counter?   Thu 27 Mar 2008, 13:00

Haven't read the link, but watched it on the news last night.

I really don't see how this will stop people from smoking TBH. It might help with the impulse buyers who see all the packets behind the till and think 'I want a pack'.

Underage smokers (now under 18 I believe) will find a way to buy cigarretes if they want. There are far too many businesses out there that are more then willing to sell to under age children just for the quick sell.

And what about alcohol? That's a drug, it's just as addictive as smoking, do we keep all bottles/ cans etc under the counter, or follow the US and stop selling it in supermarkets?
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PostSubject: Re: Cigarretes under the counter?   Thu 27 Mar 2008, 16:20

I would disagree that alcohol is just as addictive, more socially acceptable, yes.

I do think that it would help. I have to say that it does remind me to buy cigs if I need (want) them, and does reinforce the sale of them.

I think it would help.

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PostSubject: Re: Cigarretes under the counter?   Thu 27 Mar 2008, 23:16

I think it is a bit of a pointless effort really.

Social pressure etc might cause kids to start smoking, from there it is an addiction that is diffuclt to get up



I didnt know US supermarkets didnt stock alcohol. Not been in one for a couple of years mind.
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PostSubject: Re: Cigarretes under the counter?   Fri 28 Mar 2008, 00:04

Im not sure it would do any good. Are we suggesting under age smokers wouldnt know of the existence of cigarettes if they were under the counter ? They're not stupid.

The problem with underage smokers is cutting off their supply. Shops selling them to kids should lose their licence. Im not sure how you prevent adults buying them for children though ???
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PostSubject: Re: Cigarretes under the counter?   Fri 28 Mar 2008, 00:05

Nope, and kids will always find a way, if they want to, unfortunately.
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PostSubject: Re: Cigarretes under the counter?   Fri 28 Mar 2008, 01:28

Why a parent would buy their child a pack of fags I will never know. You might as well just buy them a coffin while you are at it.
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PostSubject: Re: Cigarretes under the counter?   Fri 28 Mar 2008, 01:37

true but a lot do, just as a lot buy drink for their kids especially once they are into their mid teens

then there are the adults that kids approach outside shops and get them to purchase, now that really is dumb.
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PostSubject: Re: Cigarretes under the counter?   Fri 28 Mar 2008, 12:21

See with alcohol and teens I think I would let them have a small glass of wine with us as they eat their meal. I would much rather encourage drinking with a meal in social situations in home under the watch of parents then them go out with a cheap bottle of cider and get drunk in some park.
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PostSubject: Re: Cigarretes under the counter?   Fri 28 Mar 2008, 23:46

spoilt_little_brat wrote:
See with alcohol and teens I think I would let them have a small glass of wine with us as they eat their meal. I would much rather encourage drinking with a meal in social situations in home under the watch of parents then them go out with a cheap bottle of cider and get drunk in some park.

We have a similar attitude, if you make drinking in the house less taboo and similarly maybe buy a teenager an occasional pint in a restaurant it is not as exciting then to buy an inferior bottle of White Lightning and share two litres of spit with your friends!
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