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#1 Tel Aviv

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 12:23 PM

I think putting full disclosure of health risks and ingredients on the package is a good legal policy to ensure that people can make an informed choice, but with the pictures, it seems that the FDA is now going beyond ideal legal duty by pushing personal morality onto people. Legal adults, after being given all the facts, should have a personal right to then choose to harm themselves, in my opinion. Of course, second hand smoke should be legally controlled, since that affects other people, like children in homes and cars, people in the work place and in public places, etc.

Also, I am curious to know why the FDA is not equally critical of alcohol companies, which puts tons of ads on television, magazines, public property, etc. Why not have pictures of diseased livers on Budweiser cans and on bottles of acetaminophen? I am curious to know the political reasons as to why tobacco companies are uniquely targeted, while other equally dangerous products are ignored. Both alcohol and tobacco are historically ingrained into our culture.

http://www.ny1.com/c...cigarette-packs

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FDA Unveils Graphic Warning Labels On Cigarette Packs
By: Kafi Drexel

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration unveiled Tuesday several new graphic warning labels that will now appear on cigarette packs to discourage current and potential smokers from lighting up.

By the fall of 2012, attention-grabbing images like rotting gums and teeth and corpses on slabs will be on all cigarette packs and ads throughout the country.

[ . . . ]

Full text at http://www.ny1.com/c...cigarette-packs
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Posted 21 June 2011 - 12:26 PM

What good are these pictures going to do? Everybody knows that smoking is bad for them at this point.
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Posted 21 June 2011 - 12:27 PM

Why not have pictures of diseased livers on Budweiser cans and on bottles of acetaminophen?

i can't speak to alcohol, because the line is more blurred, there, but the acetaminophen comparison is specious; tobacco causes diseased lungs, gums, and teeth when used as specified, while acetaminophen will not harm your liver if used properly.
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Posted 21 June 2011 - 12:34 PM

but the acetaminophen comparison is specious; tobacco causes diseased lungs, gums, and teeth when used as specified, while acetaminophen will not harm your liver if used properly.


Acetaminophen damages the liver: http://www.hashkafah..._1#entry1512816
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Posted 21 June 2011 - 12:49 PM

I demand pictures of fetuses before abortions.
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Posted 21 June 2011 - 12:54 PM

I demand pictures of fetuses before abortions.

Now you're just messing with a woman's right to choose...
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Posted 21 June 2011 - 01:01 PM

If they really want people to stop smoking, they'll put a nekked pic of KR on every pack...
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Posted 21 June 2011 - 04:53 PM

If they really want people to stop smoking, they'll put a nekked pic of KR on every pack...


That would stop people from eating.

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 04:57 PM

heehee :biggrin:
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Posted 21 June 2011 - 04:58 PM

That would stop people from eating.

Which is good because they will now have increased appetites from quitting smoking!!!
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Posted 22 June 2011 - 10:11 AM

The government should really stop pretending they want people to quit smoking. They love the dollars they get from taxing smokers....the country might just collapse if every smoker quit. This campaign is gross and I predict it will have little if any effect.
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Posted 22 June 2011 - 11:26 AM

I demand pictures of fetuses before abortions.


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Posted 22 June 2011 - 12:56 PM

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I meant, before abortions, I demand pictures of foetuses. (Note the old-school spelling.) (And the hyphen in old-school.)
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Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:16 PM

The government should really stop pretending they want people to quit smoking. They love the dollars they get from taxing smokers....the country might just collapse if every smoker quit. This campaign is gross and I predict it will have little if any effect.

Absolutely true. If the government really wanted people to quit they would make cigarettes illegal - just like other other substances. The government loves to get the political benefit of pretending they care about people's health while raking in the tax dollars from sin taxes.
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Posted 23 June 2011 - 01:21 AM

Absolutely true. If the government really wanted people to quit they would make cigarettes illegal - just like other other substances. The government loves to get the political benefit of pretending they care about people's health while raking in the tax dollars from sin taxes.

Yeah cuz the war on drugs and prohibition has worked SO well...
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Posted 23 June 2011 - 06:24 AM

Yeah cuz the war on drugs and prohibition has worked SO well...

Well prohibition was an unmitigated disaster, but I am certain that fewer people would smoke if cigarettes were illegal. There are people who would quit once they would have to pay some shady looking guy on a street corner in a bad neighborhood for a pack rather than picking it up at the convenience store.
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Posted 23 June 2011 - 08:24 AM

Well prohibition was an unmitigated disaster, but I am certain that fewer people would smoke if cigarettes were illegal. There are people who would quit once they would have to pay some shady looking guy on a street corner in a bad neighborhood for a pack rather than picking it up at the convenience store.

And then there are those who would do it anyway. Cue the turf wars, and bodies on the streets.
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Posted 23 June 2011 - 09:39 AM

Absolutely true. If the government really wanted people to quit they would make cigarettes illegal - just like other other substances. The government loves to get the political benefit of pretending they care about people's health while raking in the tax dollars from sin taxes.

I don't think that's strictly true. Sure the government likes taxes, but even without the tax factor they wouldn't be able to just pull the plug on a billion dollar industry overnight. Doing it this way preserves some kind of options for the tobacco industry, while supposedly cutting down on smoking.
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Posted 23 June 2011 - 01:04 PM

This really has me puzzled as well and I thought about it a lot. Seems some kind of conspiracy theory is there. If people knew what was in the food- almost everything we consume is bad for us. Why is tobacco uniquely targeted? Must be good for us if the government doesn't want us doing it- would be my thinking lol

I can only think that smoking is associated with freedom and rebellion and we are entering a new world order of mentally enslaved zombie citizens.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 02:18 PM

If you collect all 9 pictures, you can mail them in and...?
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