I have been contacted by a producer working with the BBC on a documentary about smoking and the tobacco industry, and one of the issues they are looking at is plain packaging. Here’s part of the email explaining the project and their need:
We are very interested to find out what the consequences have been for retailers.
We are filming in Melbourne in early March, and we would really like to film with a newsagent owner, to talk about how things have changed since plain packaging was introduced. For example: Are sales up or down or the same? What do the customers say about plain packaging and the graphic warnings. Is it worthwhile continuing to sell cigarettes?
Also we would like to film some visual footage of the shop layout – concealed tobacco products etc. Perhaps film re-stocking shelves, or shipment of cigarettes arriving the store.
The documentary is being made by BBC producer Michael Rudin and presenter Peter Taylor. It will be broadcast in the UK later this year. The UK is currently debating whether they should introduce plain packaging – which is why we hope to look at how it is going in Australia.
If this is something you contribute to please email me and I’ll pass your details on.