Have you seen the new pictures that tobacco companies are being forced to put on their labels in a prominent position, even larger than their own brand name by the Federal Government? Well, if you have, trust me, some of them are graphic images, or very emotionally tugging images that will stick with you long after you’ve seen them.
Some are graphic pictures of cancer patients, while yet another tugs on the heart strings by showing a young child. Either way, the emotions are definitely played on, and that’s what they are going for – to get people who are buying cigarettes to reconsider their purchase – and their smoking habit.
But has the Federal government gone too far in censoring (essentially) a product that everyone knows is bad for them (like alcohol) and still choosing, of their own free will, to keep on smoking cigarettes?
Well, that may be more of a case for Legal experts to answer, but it is also an increasing concern among others in a lot of other industries. Don’t get me wrong, smoking is bad, and I think everyone who does it should seriously try to quit smoking.
However, I think there is more an issue of big brother trying to force the issue a bit, and forcing companies to even compromise their business by forcing certain labeling. We all know that cigarettes are bad for us. It is pretty much common knowledge these days.
But it didn’t always used to be. Cigarettes were a HUGE industry back in the fifties and even sixties. People sort of knew they weren’t healthy, but the true long term effects and multitude of health issues they contribute to were not fully known yet back then.
Now that we’ve had decades to study their ill effects on human health, it is much easier to say that they are, hands down, just something that has no saving graces as a vice.
However, smoking is still a legal thing that can be engaged in, and they are going almost as far as to ban it in some cases. Second hand smoke has become a huge issue that is often talked about, and the rights of the people standing around smokers.
I myself hate to inhale second hand smoke. However, I do question us completely outlawing it for people who are hooked on the habit. Isn’t that a little bit too “socialist”?