The government of Great Britain has announced that it will start requiring makers of tobacco products to include graphic images of the effects of smoking on the human body. According to the report, The pictures, which show cancerous lungs and throats as well as rotting teeth, replace written warnings such as “Smoking clogs the arteries and causes heart attacks and strokes” or “Smoking can cause a slow and painful death” which currently greet going to light up.
On the surface, this sounds like a great idea. Who would buy a pack of cigarettes if it comes with a picture of a rotting lung? Kids, that’s who. Canada tried this very same thing, and they noticed a increase in underage smoking. Why? Because the youngsters were buying the cigarettes and collecting the grotesque images, even trading the cards with their friends. Needless to say, this was not the desired result.
Learn from Canada, Great Britain. If you want to get people to quit smoking, make it a law that you have to give a smoker a judgmental glare, and murmur a lot. I find that usually shames people into putting out their cigarette, either that or I get punched in the face. But even then it’s a win because they have to put out the cigarette to punch me.