They seem to be taking a lead from the Australian government
Since 2006 there have been Health Warnings ON the cigarette packets over here - every brand and pouch of tobacco must by law have a health warning of
Here are the assorted warning labels which are bolded and on top of the packets:
Smoking causes peripheral vascular disease
Smoking causes emphysema
Smoking causes mouth and throat cancer
Smoking clogs your arteries
Don't let children breathe your smoke
Smoking - A leading cause of death
Quitting will improve your health
Smoking harms unborn babies
Smoking causes blindness
Smoking causes lung cancer
Smoking causes heart disease
Smoking doubles your risk of stroke
Smoking is addictive
Tobacco smoke is toxic
Smoking worsens asthma.
Add to this an accompanying picture - like gangrene feet, green teeth, an oxygen mask etc, and the packet is very graphic.
The tobacco companys cannot use words like light, mild, extra mild either on the packets.
On Jan 2011 they will ban any form of advertising on the packet: they will ban all forms of branding logos, colours, promotional texts from cigarette
pack designs and reduce the style to plain packs showing only brand name and health warning messages.
If presently in your Country USA, or State, they are planning by law to have these health signs, it would not suprise me that this graphic cigarette
packaging will at some stage follow.
Statistically in Australia, from 2006, the numbers show a reduction in smokers since the campaign was launched. But, also at the same time, the prices
rose on cigs and the tax was changed, making cigarettes more expensive. Another recent hike in cigarette pricing (average $2.50 per packet) has been
added, and over the next 3 years another $6.00 will be added to the cost of a packet.
The increased money from the tax will go to support the new 'health system' in Australia which is being put through by the government and laid out
over the next few years. Smokers are being targeted and taxed because they pose more health risks (not my words).
So, you have a new Health Sysytem too? Watch then for taxes to rise on cigs to pay for the Health System - and watch for the stigmatization and
finger-pointing at smokers who dont give up. They will target the 'addictive' produce and 'necessities' becasue they know it is a guarenteed
source of revenue ... people will pay because it is difficult to give up ...
and no, they dont have a mangled car accident picture on a bottle of beer or wine ...
and as an additive: The graphic pictures on the packs (with exception of peoples faces) are photographs of prosthetics - they're not real teeth, nor
feet etc. I saw the foot they use as the 'prop' (on the Australian Cigarette packaging) in a display at an international MakeUp and Special Effects
Conference last year from the company who made it. Until then, I thought they were real - stupid me.