I know that we have at least one ex-smoker on this blog, and one person who has never, ever tried a cigarette. And likely, everyone else falls somewhere on that scale, since statistics tell us that 1 in 5 adults and teens are smokers. I would like to know, what is your opinion of the new packaging? Below are 6 of the 36 proposed images on which the FDA is gathering comments and opinions. From these 36, nine will be selected. This process should be complete by the end of summer 2011, and after October 2012, any manufacturer who does not utilize the new packaging will not be allowed to sell cigarettes in the United States.
Graphic packaging is not a new concept. It’s been utilized in other countries for many years. Canada was the first, beginning in 2000, and has reported a drop in cigarette use since then.
I wonder, however, if these disgusting photos will act as a deterrent?
Being on the heavy side of the scale, I can tell you that sometimes, stuff like this backfires. For example, I know that I should not be eating potato chips, hot dogs, and Happy Meals because I am told constantly by the government, media, and everyone around me. It is a never-ending message that every morsel I put into my mouth that is not a vegetable is probably going to kill me in the next ten minutes. It has been made painfully clear to me that I am not socially acceptable because I am not a size 10. Does that stop me from eating potato chips, hot dogs, and Happy Meals? No. Instead, I feel defiant when I eat them. “Hah!” I think. “Look at me, Government! I’m eating a Happy Meal!!!” I am an intelligent woman. But I am also a stubborn one. Tell me that I can’t do something, and I’m going to do it, nearly every time. It’s not always the best choice, but there you go.
Why do I tell you this? Because I can see it happening with smokers. Continue to squeeze, and you’ll get defiance.
What do you think? Do you think this new packaging is going to work? Do you think it’s going to have no effect at all? Or do you think it will have the same effect that the anti-fat stuff has on people like me, and challenge people to just keep doing what they’re doing?