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Do cigarette warning labels work?

June 26, 2009

When you go to a car showroom to shop for a new ride, you’ll not be greeted with pictures like this plastered on the vehicle.

Car_crash_2

But when you buy a pack of smokes, you’re greeted with pics like this on the box.

Source: ohmygov.com

Source: ohmygov.com

Yeah, gross.

But that’s different, you might say.

Stats wise, you’d be right. Car accidents kill 115 people a day in the US alone (probably 1,000 worldwide).

Cigarette smoking kills over 300 times that number according to the CDC.

While the figure varies, both can arrive at the same conclusion. You kick the bucket. Painfully.

I’m not a smoker. Wait let me correct that. I work around smokers all day so that makes me a passive smoker. I’ve gotten used to it. The thing is, while billboard pictures of accidents usually work to make drivers more alert, ciggie warning labels don’t seem to have any effect at all.

Any idea why?

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. June 26, 2009 11:55 am

    Because the “fun” that a cigarette brings far outweighs those scary looking pictures for a smoker.
    Also, the effort it needs to make them quit smoking is quite big.

    Yeah, I wonder if the ladies still think its cool to have smoker bfs.

  2. June 26, 2009 11:56 am

    dude …you should check out the new dunhil packaging ..

    the way it is design will make you will ignore the “harmful pictures”
    it makes the dunhil logo stands out ..

    I haven’t seen it but I’m not surprised if they get all creative about the pictures.

  3. June 26, 2009 2:42 pm

    I think it works. Malaysia cigarette sales drop 10% already. I am thinking about quiting smoke also… Just think πŸ˜†

    I wonder if the drop was due to the warning labels or the increased prices… any idea?

  4. June 26, 2009 6:39 pm

    One word: NICOTINE!

    Yeah, despite all the evidence big tobacco is still denying that its causing any real harm.

  5. June 26, 2009 8:10 pm

    @Alvin

    Wtf ? ladies think it is cool to have a smoking bf ?
    those are the wrong chicks to go for man..
    i want the churchie type πŸ˜›

    You mean a nun? Hahahaha…

  6. June 26, 2009 8:43 pm

    The reasons are according to my smoker friends, they have known many people including their grandfathers, relatives and acquaintances who smoke and still live healthily till the ripe old age of 80’s and 90’s. Therefore nothing or any pictures can ever convince or scare them. Even price hike is not going to deter to them. To them the power of love or liking for cigarettes overcome everything even the consequences of death or sickness. I have seen lots of young women smoke nowadays too. One can easily seen such young chicks smoke at either Coffee Bean or Starbucks cafe at anytime especially during weekends.

    Those ppl must have lungs of steel to be able to absorb decades of nicotine & tar without choking to death.

  7. June 26, 2009 9:39 pm

    Do cigarette warning labels work? Nah, Its not working at all! Go for medical checkup! Result of medical checkup do have the effect to warn myself smoke lesser.. lesser cigarette..

    Yup, nothing like a personal warning eh. πŸ™‚

  8. June 27, 2009 3:32 pm

    eh…i wasn’t the one who said “Yeah, I wonder if the ladies still think its cool to have smoker bfs.” !! It was Damien~.

    Yup it was I, the Damein hahaha.

  9. June 28, 2009 8:28 pm

    Nothing works, but the ‘pro-smoking’ and anti-smoking commercials make big bucks, not to mention a whole lot of others including hospitals and health insurance. Even Rolf Harris made it into an a humoros and entertaining musical

    Looks like Nick Teen and Al K Hall were the light of his life, pardon the pun. πŸ˜€

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