Editorial

Looking beyond the smoke and mirrors

Citation

Moodie C (2021) Looking beyond the smoke and mirrors. Thorax, 76 (1), Art. No.: 2. https://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-216302

Abstract
First paragraph: For more than a quarter of a century, tobacco companies have argued that plain packaging will increase sales of counterfeit cigarettes.1 The claim, that if all packs look the same they would be easier for criminals to copy and lower the cost to, and confuse, the public, who would be less able to distinguish fake from legitimate packs, seems credible. However, the presence of full branding is no barrier to duplicating cigarette packs, and the cost per pack for mass produced counterfeit cigarettes is so low that plain packaging could not reduce the price paid by consumers.

Journal
Thorax: Volume 76, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Publication date31/01/2021
Publication date online23/11/2020
Date accepted by journal30/10/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/32180
ISSN0040-6376
eISSN1468-3296