What happened to freedom of choice. If the product’s legal, and of course tobacco is, then why shouldn’t they allow it to be advertised? And before they argue that it’s a drain on the health system, that’s surely covered by the excise tax paid by smokers. And if they do live a shorter life, then they won’t be a drain on the pension.
If there’s to be a level playing field, how about looking at that other addictive product that arguably causes more pain and suffering than fags – liquor?