This piece concerns the ban (what else?) of cigarette displays in convenience stores. Logical and legitimate points such as “Putting cigarettes under the counter removes the distinction between legitimate tax-paid tobacco products and contraband, and that could make contraband more easy to move … the displays are unlikely to induce anyone to take up smoking because they have made the choice to smoke by the time they get to the counter” must be disregarded because made by the tobacco industry.
What matters, instead, is that “it’s hard to believe tobacco companies would continue spending millions on in-store advertising if it didn’t convince more people to smoke.” Only the pharmaceutical companies, in fact, can pump millions into antitobacco activists, doctors and drug stores to convince people of the antismoking frauds and push their trashy quit-smoking products. Big Pharma can support its own, but Big Tobacco cannot. That is based on the "higher" moral grounds, set by antitobacco activists who lie for a living.
"There’s also the normalizing aspect — you walk into a retail store and the main thing you see behind the counter are cigarettes. It makes it seem like cigarettes are a normal part of daily life … when the reality is that only 20 per cent of Canadians smoke now." — more like one third of the productive population, actually, perhaps more. Let us understand that smoking is an absolutely normal behaviour first of all, and that antitobacco’s frauds are not (and never can be) "normal". The words of Thomas Jefferson, pronounced in 1801, come to mind: "Bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate would be oppression”.
It is time to “modernize” his statements according to “public health” ideology: "Bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable as set by the majority itself and according to the trash science used by authorities; that the minority possess their equal rights only when granted through special exemption by the majority, which will establish equality on the opinions of health authorities. Then and only then minorities have rights that equal laws must protect, and to violate would be oppression.”