Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Sheila Duffy, smoking ban on cars and social marketing

This letter appeared almost a week ago. Sheila Duffy remarks that, of all the proposals presented in Beyond Smoke-Free, people were interested only in the proposal of a smoking ban on cars.

But she doesn't want a smoking ban on cars.* She wants a debate and a public consultation on a smoking ban in cars (on a proposal that she claims not to want to be brought into law – doesn't she know we're all tightening our belts now?), and a social marketing campaign on smoking in cars.

Social marketing again. Has she got shares in it?

She might as well advocate a brainwashing campaign, or re-education. What's wrong with a good old-fashioned educational campaign? Not persuasive enough?

* Unlike Dame Helena Shovelton (British Lung Foundation).


Dick Puddlecote said...

"Smoking just one cigarette, even with the car window open, creates a greater concentration of second-hand smoke than a whole evening’s smoking in a pub or a bar"

Says Helena Shovelton. It's rubbish, of course.

She is misrepresenting the results of a study which found that a cigarette smoked in a car results in more smoke than a smoke-free bar.

She's either lying, or stupid. No other option really.

Dick Puddlecote said...

Sorry, forgot the link for that. Here you go.