Sunday, August 26, 2012

Forehead tattoos instead of dirty pictures

The United States Appeals Court has told cigarette companies that they do not have to put nasty pictures on packaging (story provided on msnbc).

Isn’t this decision a relief? Not because I have children who I wish to protect from such horrific images as those proposed by the people who suggested and probably wrote the law.
A friendly calf who probably knows that cigarette smoking causes cancer

Not because I’m a former smoker who still occasionally considers grabbing Just One to enjoy with a pint (don’t worry, I tried this theory about six months ago … I was green with … ugh).

And not because it’s bullshit to allow a product to remain legal all the while implying that it’s as bad as methamphetamine.

Back at the Ranch of Intelligence and Obviousness, we know that this legislation not moving forward is a relief because: If a person smokes he or she is already knowledgeable about the dangers. Honestly, haven’t we officially reached the point in the United States that if you smoke; you know it could eventually kill you?

Some people might argue they didn’t understand the news stories, warning labels or doctor’s suggestions or didn’t trust the dastardly Liberal Media or assumed the warning labels were only another government lie since cigarettes could still be purchased at every mini mart, grocery store and truck stop from Boise to Punta Gorda. But these groups aren’t going to be dissuaded from smoking by a horror movie photo on a cigarette pack.

"There is no further education to be gained by the second kick of a mule.”  -- Random somewhat related quote of unknown authorship found by My Guy

Our government either needs to make the sale of cigarettes a crime (after all, calling a particular activity a crime has worked so well with all those other pesky things like marijuana) or they need to Provide The Truth and then Let It Be. No more allowing cigarette sales while using dirty pictures in an attempt to correct the corrupted science that our government and cigarette companies trotted out 50 years ago that said cigarette smoking was safe, and Oh My God, You Are So Cool.

Allowing the rotten teeth and throat hole photo law to move forward would only further prove that wealthy cigarette makers have many politicians in their pockets (we can still buy these cancer-causing fire sticks), and that many of these same politicians will do anything to join a Look I’m Doing The Right Thing group (you can only buy cigarettes with icky photos).

If it’s necessary to pass a law related to cigarette smoking, since we’ve grown bored with issues like our slow economic growth, poorly-managed government agencies and, gasp, Afghanistan, perhaps our leaders could pass a simple one-size-fits-all law: All cigarette manufacturers must place true messages of doom on their packaging (which they already do) and smokers who find themselves adversely affected in any way that is related to smoking or addicted to smoking cannot sue for damages, but can receive a free Warning Label forehead tattoo! Woohoo! Free tattoos people!

In fact, this very same law can be applied to all of the crap sold alongside cigarettes: Soda pop and cigars, candy bars and potato chips, ground “pink slime” beef and chemically-enhanced, low-calorie “diet snacks.”

Because really, I know we’ve all consumed at least one of each of those products in the past few months: Even though we’ve received honest information about these products and know that chips and soda and slime are crap.

So we’re either able to take responsibility for consuming shit that we know is shit or we step up and take our free forehead tattoo.

p.s. I’m aware that cigarette logo and scary photo laws have been passed and enacted in some countries … so tell me, has the desired result, less smoking, become a reality? Did you support this before it became law? Do you support it now? I’m interested in your opinion!


  1. We do have (or did have) the icky pictures now it seems they might be replaced by plain un-branded packaging. Seems to prove that the icky pictures lose impact question here; if violent crime can be traced back to violent movies what horrors can be found to be rooted in those pictures on the sides of ciggy packets?

    Like you Ii gave up smoking in my case 10 years ago and still enjoy a secondary smoke. It was not the warnings and pictures that made me give up, it was the taxes levied on smokers. The British Government has tested the price elasticity annually and while there are now far fewer smokers there are still a good many for whom smoking is a way of life. The other tacit tried but not admitted to is the denial of health services to smokers. Flippin' cheek not so long ago the revenue from smokers tax exceeded the NHS Budget. With the eventual and inevitable reduction in revenue from smokers other day to day necessities are now subject to increasing taxes.

    As for outlawing it, does prohibition really work? The evidence suggests that it do's not.

    I say educate us and then treat as as informed adults to make our own decisions, after all that is how you tell us you treat us when you want our vote.


    1. Denial of health services for smokers? Holy cow. Goes right back to the issue of allow or outlaw.

      And I'm with you ... outlawing is silly.

      Give us the truth, let us decide.

    2. Oh yes I had white finger, and was told that my poor circulation was a result of smoking and that was that.

    3. Geez Zoe ... that's just ... ... wrong. Obviously.

  2. I think we're all responsible for our own decisions..tired of the government thinking they can control everything we consume because "they know best". Yeah right. If I'm fat, it's because I choose to eat the crap I do, and I don't need someone else telling me how to eat. So, tattoo me. lol

  3. I quit smoking 13 years ago and it was hard, but I knew exactly what the outcome could be! What Lori states about the government, I agree, but on the same hand, people expect the government to fix everything! Buy a house you can't afford and should not be in, or a really nice expensive vehicle and then don't make payments and expect the goverment to figure out how to keep you in it! Over drink, eat, smoke and expect health care premiums to cost the same compared to those who don't! I am not saying you can't overindulge, but where do you draw the line? In CA there are many people using EBT cards (formerly known as food stamps), which are now loaded monthly and most of the fast/junk food restaurants accept EBT cards! Now a "let's get moving" and eat healthy program is all fine, but then why are EBT cards allowed to purchase junk food? I don't blame McDonald's for the obesity problem in this country or the government! I will blame a parent as a child does not have the choice. I was a working single parent and came home every stinking night, tired and made dinner! I tricked my kids into eating healthy snacks. A little laugh here - I never bought my kids overly sweet cereals. When I met my DH, they complained about that and for the first Christmas together, he bought them their first box of "Captain Crunch." You know what they had for Christmas breakfast?

    On the subject of "pink slime," that is crap! How can our government allow that and then have the gall to say it is safe! I don't give a rat's backside if it is safe, I don't eat crap! People have the right to know and then they can decide if they want to consume "pink slime." I have ground my own meats for over 20 years or longer, before ever knowing about pink slime! Why, because I already wondered what the hell could be in that ground pile! Yes, I am really weird about what goes into my food and I feel I want to know!

    Back to some house cleaning and then onto dinner!

    1. Terry, I had no idea you raised your children as a single mother! WOOT TO YOU TERRY! You deserve a damn award!

      Well, a nice award, not a damn award. :)

      I also didn't know you ground your own meat. My Guy would do this were he motivated to clean the kitchen afterwards (I won't clean up kitchen messes that I don't make).

      Is it as much work as it appears to be? Where do you get the meat you grind? And do you ever feel the soft-hearted guilts at eating doe-eyed creatures (I do, but that's a whole different blog post).

      Regarding the original subject: Woot again to all of us commenting so far who know the difference between what government should do and what we should be responsible for ourselves!

  4. Personally I'm sick and tired of the government putting there nose into everyone's business. The way things are going I see an upheaval coming soon. The government is trying to tell us all how to live and using our tax dollars to do it. We need a serious new system. New legislative committee, term limits. New President!! No more free rides for politicians. No more free rides for illegal aliens!! Oh boy I could go on and on. you opened up a whole new can of worms. LOL
    I'll shut up now.
    Hugs Lynn

    1. WOW! As we go along here on my crazy blog I'm not sure that you and I will have views that align, but I'm so PLEASED that you "could go on and on".

      First, I'm hardly any kind of expert in ANYTHING, so I'm always open to at least discussing other views. And second, I believe that the worst thing in our system of government specifically, but in all systems generally, are the people who B.i.t.c.h. but don't participate.

      So ... NEVER SHUT UP!

      p.s. Term Limits ... Agreed ... supreme court, house and senate should have LIMITS! I'm all for people who are "experienced", but for crying out loud ... some of these people know nothing else!

  5. Thanks to everyone who has so far participated!

    I thoroughly enjoy a thoughtful, considerate debate and conversation! Plus, it's such a joy knowing that all of us here at Not A Moment To Spare share, at the very least, the knowledge that art can bridge so many gaps!

    I hope all of us, and eventually even more, will participate!

    None of us are the same, but we're all aiming for happiness for ourselves, our family and those who we love.

    Not to be a big It Happened Before I Was Born Summer Of Love schmuck, but I'm totally feeling the love folks!

    Thank you!