This is my entry for the Folksy Make the News competition. The deadline is midnight tonight and voting takes place this weekend. A few of my other Blog friends have come up with some cool/funny stuff too, the entries are really diverse as the brief was so open. Al that was asked was to make something in response to a news story. On the day that I saw the competition launch the front page of the BBC website was talking about legislation to be bought in to remove cigarettes from open display in shops. I am not a smoker, never have been, and have seen people really poorly from smoking so am not pro-smoking but even so this made me a bit irritated. I cannot believe that people who started smoking through rebellion are going to be put off by asking for cigarettes and the more illicit and naughty something seems surely the more appealing? Perhaps cigarettes should only be sold through chemists where this is at least an alternative?
I think the other reason this got me worried is that as a slightly chunkier model of the human species I know that I am a 'target' for the NHS and the thought that suet, butter, cream might be delivered in a plain brown envelope in the future is not attractive.
In response I have made this pretty disguise for a cigarette packet. It is dainty and refined and will allow smokers to slip their 'under the counter' purchase into it's cover and skip happily off down the road with no fear off dirty looks from neighbours.