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Overboard on Nicotine Advertisement

By October 4, 2008 - 4:44pm
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An article on CNN indicated that the United Kingdom has decided to be graphic warnings on their pack of cigarettes to serve as a deterrent for smoking. It is very graphic and you can view the picture on the following link http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/10/01/britain.cigarettes.warnings/i...

Do you think this is overboard trying to stop the abuse of nicotine?

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Smoking is so impossible for some people to give up that they die from it - millions of people, in fact. If this is the wake up call some people need, then so be it.

The person opposing these ads made the rather futile argument that equated these ads to putting diseased livers on bottles of wine or diseased bodies on fattening foods.

The fact is that wine is fine in moderation - so is food (for the most part). But cigarettes are highly addictive, toxic and poisonous and provide nothing of value for the human body, unlike wine and food. The comparison is moot.

All smokers should be offered free counseling to help them quit this terrible addiction. It's not easy but it can be done - with the right motivation and support.

October 10, 2008 - 12:23pm

Cindy, they sure are different, aren't they?

It'll be interesting to see whether these graphic images have an effect on smokers picking up the packs. Perhaps the pictures will actually bring home the visual of what goes on inside a smoker's body in a way that simple words cannot.

My father was a smoker most of his life, and we lost him at age 60 to cancer and emphysema. I am asking myself whether warnings this graphic would have changed his mind. The fact is that smokers are addicted to nicotine; many of them want to stop, but find it nearly impossible. Will a nudge as clear as a picture of a tumor help them? Is it possible that one of those images could be "the final straw" for some smokers, and get them to quit?

I'm sure tobacco manufacturers fought this ramping-up of the hazardous warnings they have to put on cigarette packages as it is. They'll surely be watching as closely as anyone to see what the effects are. If it saves some lives, it's very worth it.

October 9, 2008 - 8:41am
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