October 01, 2008
Hard core gore!
Keeping up with Britain?
When I saw this story which Drudge earlier, I thought it involved the United States.
Smokers buying cigarettes will from Wednesday be confronted with a series of gruesome images printed on the packets showing how tobacco damages health.But for now it's apparently only in the UK:
One in six people in Britain smoke out of population of more than 60 million and the government has been stepping up measures to reduce that figure.I guess the idea is that forcing advertisers to display gruesome imagery will deter cigarette smoking.
Whether the US will follow suit remains to be seen. There's no First Amendment in England, but I like to think the tobacco companies would have something to say in court about being forced to put an image like this on their product:
Sheesh. I don't even know whether it's appropriate to display in a nice clean blog!
They keep this up, my nerves will be so shattered that I might have to take up tobacco again!
UPDATE: The picture drew complaints, so I altered it.
Plus, an interesting comment below from Heather
...but you can't show a woman about to purchase an abortion a picture of an aborted fetus (or even an image of a living fetus at three months' gestation), because that might influence her behavior. I find these contradictions curious.I do too, but I think I'll hold off on the bloody fetuses pictures.
posted by Eric on 10.01.08 at 10:53 AM
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