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Massachusetts is poised to become the first state in the nation to force retailers to prominently display graphic warnings about the perils of smoking right where cigarettes are sold — at tobacco sales racks and next to cash registers. Photo Gallery Graphic tobacco posters Graphic tobacco posters Images of ominously darkened lungs, damaged brains, and diseased teeth could start appearing before the end of the year in more than 9,000 convenience stores, pharmacies, and gas stations, if a proposal by the state Department of Public Health is approved as expected. Other posters would direct smokers to where they can get help to stamp out their habit. Retailers who refuse to display the signs within 2 feet of tobacco displays and cash registers could face fines of $100 to $300. A retail industry group reacted yesterday with dismay, arguing that cramped corner stores are already burdened by too many regulatory dictums. The initiative needs the approval of the state Public Health Council — an appointed panel of doctors, disease trackers, and consumer activists — but board members yesterday expressed unequivocal support. Since the 1990s, Massachusetts has been at the vanguard of US efforts to reduce tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States.
Smokes are almost $8 a pop where I live.
Well we have to warnings on the packs already, that doesn't bug me at all.
As far as the tax goes, here in WA state we just got a new $1 per pack tax hike. Hell I don't even mind that too much because I can afford it. I just feel bad for the the low income addicts out there (I think people with less capital have a higher propensity to be smokers).
Kandinsky: I always laugh when I see that picture. And despite the obvious sarcasm smoking has gotten me some ladies numbers. Always good to have that familiar bulge in your pocket
Originally posted by badvok123
Why don't they just ban it outright ? Oh yeah I forgot. The money.