All the Disgusting Pictures the FDA Is Going to Put on Cigarette Boxes

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In an effort to curb smoking, cigarette boxes will now come with these graphic images of holes in throats, lumpy tumorish lungs and more. They're supposed to act as a warning label on the dangers of smoking. Some work better than others.

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Come September 2012, smokers will carry one of these 9 images like a scarlet letter. Every time they smoke, they'll see the picture staring right back at them. Which is good in theory. The problem is that some of these new warning labels aren't really all that effective. Like, not even close.

The cartoon baby looks like a comic book character, the guy wearing an 'I Quit' t-shirt looks goofy, the woman crying looks like an actress. I feel nothing from half of these photos. And I don't think that was the FDA's intent. True, the lungs and teeth photos are tough to look at but if I wanted to smoke in peace, I'd just buy packs with the non-offensive pictures on them.

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I don't understand why the FDA is lobbing softballs at smokers. It's not like smokers don't know smoking is bad for them. The harmless photos don't really add up to anything. Sure, it's something but this type of image warning label is fairly common in other countries (or at least a big fat SMOKING KILLS on the box) and those guys never pull the punches. They have diseased pregnant women on their packs for god's sake! Hit harder next time, FDA. [FDA, Image Credit: FDA]

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Does this make you stop smoking?

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I hope I never see this pack in real life.

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Another pack I hope to never see.

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This one's a fucking joke.

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The idea is good, execution a little meh. (No disrespect to the guy)

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One of the better (as in grosser) ones.

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DISCUSSION

Of course cigarettes are costing the healthcare system millions. Of course if people didn't smoke there'd be much less expenditures for healthcare.

And of course, the government can't ban smoking. So it's trying, in drips and drabs (surgeon general warnings, increasing cigarette taxes, states' lawsuits against the tobacco companies, public service announcements... a slow, steady assault) to change the public's demand for cigarettes. It's a little disingenuous, but it should have the desired effect, over time. People smoke much less often than they did 30 or 40 years ago.

Yet I still think a better solution is to limit society paying for smokers' healthcare. You and I, if you and I are non-smokers, are subsidizing healthcare for the smokers.

I don't like that, and I think it's wrong.