questionsdo you think the new warning labels on tobacco…


While it would be nice to have people stop, doesn't it seem a bit much? You see people walking around with cigarette boxes all the time. You see them in stores. I don't wanna look at that stuff, and now it's gonna be everywhere.

It may motivate a bit, but don't teens like gore and death? "Cool! That box has a dead body on it! Buy it dude!"


Not at all. It isn't a secret (any longer?) that smoking ravages your body. Smokers know this. That knowledge alone usually isn't enough to quit. Smokers tend to A) not care, or B) not feel capable due to addiction. I have been in both of those categories. I stopped smoking just over 3 years ago, and I still get cravings, sometimes quite badly. (Just typing about it, I have one right now.) If I were still smoking, some pictures wouldn't mean a damn thing to me as long as I could open the box and get a cigarette out.

My guess? Reusable cases or "replacement" cases will start to be sold. Buy your pack, put them into the less offensive case, go about your day. Or, shoot, cigarette companies could design the pack with tear-away packaging so that you could remove the nasty warning much like you take the Monopoly stickers off of a McDonald's cup. Bye bye gross images.


I think they'll promote smoking for younger teens. They'll turn into the new trading cards. It's a childish campaign, as if no one knows the risks already.


@apfrehm: Thanks for your candid response and congrats on 3 years of being smoke free!


Nope. Pretty much everyone knows the harms of smoking these days, doesn't really stop anyone. The warning labels on European ciggs take up something like 60%plus of the label, and people still smoke.

For those who already want to quit, it might help with a reminder or stronger negative association, but I think the effect will be pretty small overall.


A gory image wont do much. Add an extra dollar in taxes on every pack and that will help prevent smoking, then toss all that money into cancer research, prevention and addiction help programs.


Anything the government touches ends up as wasted money

@galenanderson: Too bad that's not where any of the money would actually go.

I don't even smoke, but I'll probably buy a pack just as a souvenir.


I doubt the effectiveness of the campaign directly against active smokers. However, it may have some influence on our culture, which may impact on future generations of smokers.

The horror pictures are in bad taste to me though. I understand the concept and the ravage that smoking can do to the body, but some of them are really pushing it.


A picture won't stop anyone from doing something they are addicted to.


As a former smoker and a friend to many smokers, nothing you say or do will influence a smoker to quit, no amount of advertising or coughing or dirty looks. The smoker has to want to quit.


nope. It's just more feel-good legislation that wastes time and money and accomplishes nothing.

I take that back... it may accomplish one thing. Those plastic/metal cases for cigarette packs where you just slide the whole pack in may see increased sales.

Increasing taxes on cigs will result in massive fraud and bootlegging as people decide to avoid the taxes altogether.

Next thing you know, alcohol bottles will have pics of drunk toothless bums, angry wives, and wrecked livers, and fast food will have naked pics of Roseanne Barr. shivers


Smokers are going to smoke, no matter how nasty of a picture you put in front of them. Nicotine is an addictive drug and most people aren't going to be able to stop because just because someone showed them a picture. As for kids, they learn from their parents. The ones who do not smoke will have been taught not to. The ones who end up smoking probably come from smoking parents, so we're back at square one with these ads - smokers are going to smoke.

Personally, I think these ads are disgusting and I don't want to see them . . . how about NOT making all us non-smokers have to put up with the scolding and truly hideous pictures?