Much like a sub standard employee who every time the boss walks by he shuffles papers around on his desk to portray the mere appearance of industry, our government representatives just completed their orchestrated jihad on smokers, showing all the folks back home that they are johnny on the spot with doing the people’s business:
I know, it is their job to protect us from ourselves, that is what nanny states do.
I guess the old warning label of ,”Don’t smoke, it will kill you” was not clear enough. For those that either can’t read or can’t parse the meaning, pictures will certainly dumb the message down to even the stupidest of folks, and that is all they need, just the facts placed in front of them,now watch those smoker numbers disappear.
“President Obama is committed to protecting our nation’s children and the American people from the dangers of tobacco use. These labels are frank, honest and powerful depictions of the health risks of smoking and they will help encourage smokers to quit, and prevent children from smoking,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “President Obama wants to make tobacco-related death and disease part of the nation’s past, and not our future.”
Is anybody else bugged by this crass attempt at campaigning? Are not their motives pure enough without the injection of Obama, a chain smoker btw, into the mix? Is every new law, bill, or policy now going to have a preamble attached ,”President Obama wants to do this and we think it is a good idea”?
And how delusional, to think that pictures of dead bodies on the pack will somehow dissuade teens from lighting up, if anything it accentuates the risk making it more daring and appealing.
Smoking is a filthy habit, it is expensive and comes with a high risk of death and disease, duh, but can’t the same thing be said about being fat, drinking too much alcohol, parking your fat butt on the couch for prolonged periods, even being outdoors in the sun? I think the government should mandate that all fast food establishments have a life size photo of a 400lb naked woman on all means of entry. All beer bottles/cans must have a still smoldering picture of Ryan Dunn’s car crash (what a Jackass). Couches should also have warning labels, for our protection of course.
It’s not that I begrudge them for looking out for the folks, but don’t we have bigger fish to fry? And how much money did this whole thing cost? Maybe another congressional hearing into the use of steroids in baseball, anything to get attention off of this congress that can’t even manage producing a budget, put a warning label on that.