Posts Tagged ‘cigarettes’

The first time I saw a graphic warning label on a cigarette pack was during a semester abroad in Chile two years ago.

A couple months ago a friend who’d studied in Chile with me mentioned the government was going to start requiring tobacco companies to include them on every pack produced. I hadn’t seen or heard about them prior to that, but it’s interesting that a federal judge blocked the requirement.

If passed, the Food and Drug Administration would have required tobacco companies to “put big new graphic warning labels on cigarette packages” by next September. The “proposed labels” used a variety of less-than-appealing “staged photos,” including those “of a corpse and of a man breathing smoke out of a tracheotomy hole in his neck.”

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If I was still a middle school child and admired pop stars, this week I would have learned that smoking cigarettes and getting tattoos are acceptable things to do. I love America! Not only did Justin Bieber show off his “religious” Hebrew tattoo, he also posed topless with his incredibly creepy looking father who adorned a matching one. Awkward and inappropriate? Check and check. If you want a tattoo, more power to you Justin, but showing it off to all the little girls in the world probably won’t help your record sales. I guarantee their mothers don’t appreciate your support for teen tats.