Okay, so what do you think? Will this new packaging discourage people from smoking? We all know I’m a former smoker. I smoked for 35 years and I’ll be honest. Had my lungs not revolted against me, I’d still be smoking. I can’t even pretend I wanted to quit. I even still crave them. I even still reach to grab one from the ashtray next to my computer even though there hasn’t been one there for almost 2 years. The craving is so strong at times.
Canada has been doing this for at least 10 years. Here are some of them. This is my favorite and never fails to make me laugh.
But really, these pictures would not stop me from smoking. Apparently it didn’t do the job for Canadians either but they just sold these at checkout counters where all good cigarettes are sold. First of all, I think when you’re young, nothing really scares you. I told myself at 15 years old that I could quit whenever I wanted to. I wasn’t addicted. By the time I knew I was, I still couldn’t/didn’t want to quit so what was on a pack of cigarettes wouldn’t have stopped me from smoking. I knew way more than anyone else.
Then they did the whole “raise the price of cigarettes” to get people to quit. In MN a pack of cigarettes range from $4.50 to as high as $7 in a bar a pack. OMG. Cigarettes were .35 a pack when I started to smoke. In Canada the average pack of cigarettes cost’s between $10 and $13 a pack depending on the brand. So I think it would be safe to say that cost alone won’t make you quit either.
Quitting smoking is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to give up and when I smell a “fresh” cigarette, as in someone having one near me, I just want to stand and smell the whole thing in. I close my eyes and imagine myself smoking it. Stale smoke as in on someone’s clothes, breath or hair is just gross. I can’t believe I used to smell like that! ISH!!
So, do you think this new packaging is a good idea? Do you think it will make anyone quit smoking or more importantly, do you think it will prevent young people from starting? Is there one thing you just can’t shake or give up? What if you had to or you would die?