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Thank you for smoking (eh-hem)


While getting ready for work this morning I was fortunate enough to catch this shard of radio gold: ABC News Radio’s Marius Benson interviewing Imperial Tobacco Australia spokesperson Cathy Keogh about the Rudd Government’s plan to mandate plain packaging on all cigarette packets sold in Australia.

Source: ABC News Radio 29/04/2010 (mp3)

The legal line on intellectual property is one thing, but what’s with that bit about shopkeppers having their back turned for longer periods while they hunt for the right packet?

So it turns out that not all flacks for big tobacco are as smooth and assured as Nick Naylor, the silky tobacco lobbyist played by Aaron Eckhart in the 2005 movie Thank You For Smoking.