The Food and Drug Administration is looking for comment on its plans to festoon cigarette packages with truly disgusting or frightening images. The idea is that every time a smoker buys a pack or picks it up to shake out a cigarette, they'll be faced with images of diseased lungs, sick babies, or even a body stitched up after an autopsy and be skeeved out enough to quit.
It's a decent idea ... but probably won't make a damn bit of difference.
See, anyone who is currently still smoking is either fully aware of the risks they are taking, or too stupid to live. And, speaking as an ex-smoker? No one who smokes thinks it will hurt their health before they can quit. A favorite quote of mine in my smoking days was, "Yes, every cigarette takes six minutes off your life, but it's the ones at the end."
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