plain packaging

Warning labels today, plain packaging tomorrow.

Newshub reports on some teetotallers pretending to be researchers: Quote.

Quote:Alcohol warning labels in New Zealand are “highly deficient” according to a new study, and researchers are calling on them to be compulsory and regulated.

But the alcohol industry lobby group says adding warning labels won’t help to reduce the harm caused by alcohol.End of quote.

And the alcohol industry lobby group is right. Quote.

Quote:Researchers from the University of Otago examined 59 labels on a range beers, wines, and RTDs to check the health warnings they had displayed.

“One of our biggest findings is that our warnings are small and they’re also hard to find on the bottle… the average size of the picture warnings is the same size as that of a green pea,” said the study’s lead author and fifth year medical student Georges Tinawi.End of quote.

How big do they want the warnings to be? Most of the label? Quote.

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As predicted they are coming for your food now with plain packaging

Like night follows day what happens to the tobacco industry from health zealots migrates into the food industry.

They even call the food industry “Big Food” to label them like tobacco companies.

I warned people that with plain packaging coming in for tobacco the next step will be to attack food that some wowser thinks you shouldn’t eat.

Selling high calorie foods in plain packaging could help in the battle against obesity according to a leading researcher who has won a share of the most lucrative prize in neuroscience for his work on the brain?s reward system.

The colourful wrapping and attractive advertising of calorie-rich foods encourage people to buy items that put them at risk of overeating and becoming obese in the future, said Wolfram Schultz, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Cambridge.

?We should not advertise, propagate or encourage the unnecessary ingestion of calories,? Schultz said at a press conference held on Monday to announce the winners of the 2017 Brain Prize. ?There should be some way of regulating the desire to get more calories. We don?t need these calories.? ? Read more »

Told you: Calls for plain packaging on beer now

Plain Packaging for beer: Is this our future?

Plain Packaging for beer: Is this our future?

I warned everybody, and have been doing so for years, that if we allow plain packaging for products like tobacco then it wouldn’t be long before calls for plain packing came for other products, most notably alcohol and sugar.

Well, no one listened to me. Commenters on this blog also, rather po-facedly, stated that they didn’t mind on tobacco. Now there are calls for plain packaging of alcohol.

Alcohol watchdogs are concerned beer branding?featuring?cute cartoons or?resembling?softdrinks, may be too?appealing to minors.

The rise of the craft beer market has resulted in a new wave of creative, colourful, and often cartoonish labels as alcohol producers compete for consumers’ attention.

Auckland craft brewery Behemoth Brewing Company, has?”brave bikkie brown ale” featuring a cartoon?monster eating a cookie on its bottles.

A mouse riding a?dog appears on?Scallywag rich amber ale from?Auckland craft brewery?Schipper’s?Beer, while?a?badger wearing a?jetpack stars on its Boffin bitter.

Even the Mac’s beer range, owned by major brewer Lion, features labels with drawings of wolves, a shark fin and an Indian Pale Ale called “birthday suit” with a grizzly beer holding a hop bud.?And two months ago, the darling of the New Zealand craft beer scene, Garage Project,?released a “Lola cheery cola beer” in a can with a striking resemblance to Coca-Cola.

But while this type of?branding can be fun and exciting for adults, it can spell?confusion for youngsters, said Rebecca?Williams, director of the?Alcohol?Healthwatch?group.

She said?cartoons on alcohol?labelling?sent a message to minors that alcohol consumption should not be taken seriously, blurring?the reality that it contained a toxin.

“Look at the colours of them – they’re?cute, they’re quirky,” said Williams.

When children liked a brand or could relate?to it, it?translated into early alcohol consumption, she said.

“I think it’s about time somebody was challenged.”

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Agreeing with Soper twice in a week

It is a red letter day when I agree with Barry Soper twice in a week.

Today he lambasts the government for their plain packaging nanny-statism:

There was a time that Parliament resembled an opium den, so thick was the smoke around the place. It was virtually compulsory to smoke everywhere, the debating chamber, select committee rooms and Bellamys was always acrid with smoke.

But suddenly smoking became untrendy. There were howls of derision when the final bastion of the butt, Bellamys was declared smoke free and the smoking stalwarts were forced into the Wellington wind to try and strike up. In recent weeks even that’s been banned, from the front forecourt of Parliament anyway.

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Face of the Day


The lady in the photo is all for plain labeling on soft drinks.

A team of researchers surveyed 600 young people, aged 13-24, online to find out what impact plain packaging and warning labels would have on their buying habits.

It found that plain packaging and warning labels had a bigger impact than price on whether or not a young person would buy a particular soft drink.

Research leader Dr Cliona Ni Mhurchu said branding was a major factor in their decision making. Read more »

When is a brand an asset, and when is it not?

When corporates are being forced to drop their brands through backward and punitive legislation, the argument that the brand has value is laughed at by the media and the left. And then a few days later, this happens:

Anger is building about the possible closure of a crisis helpline, which is used by more than 15,000 people a month.

Lifeline Aotearoa won’t be able to continue for much longer due to a lack of funding, and has twice been denied aid from the Government.

New Zealand Association of Counsellors president Robyn McGill says it will particularly be a struggle for troubled men, who make up twice the number of calls as women.

“We know that male responses to mental health services are very poor. They’re not the people to go and put their hand up and say, ‘I’m in trouble here. Things aren’t going well. I don’t know what to do.’ And yet they ring a crisis line.”

Lifeline believes it will be forced to close its doors next year after losing a government contract to supply counselling over the phone. Read more »

Seymour on National’s backward slide on property rights

A reader noted that Whaleoil has been doing “hits” on the government a lot lately. Some attribute that to my dislike of John Key. Others think I’m being petulant.

Not so. National is slowly but surely drifting away from the core principles it is meant to promote and defend.

With an election looming where voters are getting tired of National, but can’t stomach Labour (just yet), National need to protect their own voter base lest it be diluted by people moving their “protest” vote to ACT and NZ First.


National quite happy to damage companies and devalue their brands

Perhaps the National party need to reacquaint themselves with their founding principles, which say:

?To promote good citizenship and self-reliance; to combat communism and socialism; to maintain freedom of contract; to encourage private enterprise; to safeguard individual rights and the privilege of ownership; to oppose interference by the State in business, and State control of industry?.

Certainly, John Key and Sam Lotu-Iiga have scant memory of those principles despite being the leader and a minister in a National-led government.

The bill that will force cigarettes to be sold in plain packets is back in parliament and on track to become law.

It passed its second reading on Thursday after being on hold since 2014.

The government last month confirmed it was going to put it through, and unveiled the proposed new brown-green packaging which is similar to that used in Australia.

Prime Minister John Key said at the time plain packages could be on the shelves early next year.

The government first mooted plain packaging back in 2012, the year Australia introduced it, and the bill passed its first reading in February 2014.

It went to a select committee, which supported it, but the government didn’t want to take it any further at that time because it was worried about the possibility of costly legal challenges from big multi-national tobacco companies.

The Australian government was being sued at the time, but in December last year legal action by Philip Morris failed.

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Despite no evidence to support it, government planning on plain packaging

There is zero evidence of the effectiveness of plain packaging, indeed in Australia which introduced plain packaging for tobacco consumption went up.

That doesn’t seem to be stopping idiot National ministers from rolling ahead with plain packaging.

The Government is to press ahead with plain-packaging for tobacco – with more detail on how such a regime might work to be revealed tomorrow.

Prime Minister John Key this afternoon said the Maori Party-devised plain-packaging regime had not been signed off by Cabinet, but the advice he was receiving was that “we should be able to proceed with that, without the legal risks that had slowed us up”.

“I’m not sure how far away it is, but it’s getting much closer and we are keen to progress it.”

New Zealand had been keeping an eye on the outcome of legal challenges against Australia’s plain-packaging, one from tobacco firm Philip Morris and another from tobacco-producing countries via the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga will attend a smokefree event in Wellington tomorrow.

The Herald understands he will unveil detail on draft regulations for a future plain-packaging regime, such as what cigarette packages would look like.

Australia won the case against Philip Morris in December.

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Health Troughers blinded by plain packaging

It’s the beginning of the year and the troughers are back at it, moaning about wanting more action on Maori smoking.

It seems my good friend and exposed serial trougher Shane Kawenata Bradbrook is back out of his box, complaining about the Government not doing enough.

Shane Kawenata Bradbrook is well known to this blog, after being exposed for spending up large on the taxpayer with little observable results. After a Ministry of Health investigation into his Te Reo Marama rort, his overseas jaunts came to a spectacular end when their $250,000 annual funding was axed.

Now it seems he?s back, this time under a new guise of Te Ao Hurihuri. Let?s see how that works out for him.

One thing Shane Kawenata Bradbrook won?t be keen on Maori hearing or reading is a blog post titled ?The Relentless Failure of Plain Packaging?. ? Read more »