The decision to delay the introduction of plain packs is a major success for the tobacco lobby, which has run a ferocious campaign against the move. Cigarette makers fear that the loss of their branding will deprive them of their most powerful marketing weapon. The industry has backed a series of front campaign groups to make it appear that there is widespread opposition to the plan, a practice known in lobbying jargon as \”astroturfing\”.
I\’m sorry? The pro-plain packaging nutters are accusing their opponents of astroturfing?
The entire pro-plain packaging industry is nothing but government funded astroturfing (see Mr. Snowden passim).
Where do these fuckers get off?