Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Smoking Gets Ugly

"I have to believe," said some seer several months ago, "that within five years every pack of cigarettes sold in this city will be mandated to include a piece of diseased lung affixed right to the front." He may have been exaggerating for effect, but he was not all that far off.

Federal drug regulators unveiled 36 proposed new warning labels for cigarette packag on Wednesday, including some that are striking pictures of smoking’s effects.

Designed to cover half of a pack’s surface area, the labels are intended to spur smokers to quit by providing graphic reminders of tobacco’s dangers. The labels are required under a law passed last year that gave the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco products for the first time.

You can find the warning labels at the FDA's website. They're all here: hole-in-the-throat guy, child at risk, toe-tag dude, skeletal cancer man, preemie, zipper-chest fella, weepy lady… it's like a United Nations of tobacco victims. I'll tell you what: As a smoker, I have no objection to this. I know I'm going to die. (So are you, non-smokers!) I don't have any illusions that when I'm drawing that sweet nicotine into my lungs I'm actually doing something healthy for myself. So this is fine. I'm happy to see a little extra graphic design on my pack of cigarettes. It's pretty bland right now, it'll be nice for them to shake things up a bit.


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scroll_lock (#4,122)

I don't smoke but need a cigarette now that I just read the childhood commercial jingle thread I missed yesterday- and have both the Lite Brite jingle and the "I am stuck on Band-Aid brand.." jingle duking it out for dominance in my head.

scroll_lock (#4,122)

Also, did I mention that my bologna has a first name?

WellThen (#1,251)

But, does it also have a second name?

scroll_lock (#4,122)

It's M-A-Y-E-R.

HiredGoons (#603)

Eventually they're going to have tiny screens that play the opening sequence of 'Six Feet Under.'

Striking pics of smoking's effects without the relaxing-post-coitus guy/gal? They're not playing fair!

oudemia (#177)

Euro chic!

scroll_lock (#4,122)

Slap a 1980's photo and 2010 photo of heavy smoker Mel Gibson side by side on a pack and watch the kiddies flee.

with the quote "you should just blow me then smoke these and smile"

garge (#736)

[I am bent over my keyboard suppressing the lols, and it isn't aesthetically flattering]

I hope there are words accompanying the graphics. It'll be the adult version of the back of the cereal box.

Nostradumbass (#3,663)

Gotta catch them all

s. (#775)

We've had these here in Canada for a while now. The impotence label is especially cute.

City_Dater (#2,500)

I don't smoke, but now I'm going to have to start just so I can collect 'em all!

(When Knifecrime Island starting putting GIANT warning labels on cigarette packs, it gave the English a new conversational gambit: "which one do you have? I have the one about lowering infant birth weight!")

hman (#53)

If you stick a cigarette in your arm like it is a needle? It will just crumble and break, which is sad, duh.

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