I figure that the smokers will buy holders for their packs so that they dont have to look at this crap all day long, that the real goal here is to make sure that retailers keep cigarettes hidden as it they were copies of Mein Kampf , or maybe 120 Days of Sodom. But if I was a smoker I would get stickers like this
and put them on all my packs over the warning, as I hate looking at ugly, and we might as well have fun with this government idiocy.
I think teenagers will think they are cool. Young people believe they are immortal and will not associate the images with their own lives. The best anti-smoking campaign I've seen was something put together by a teacher friend of mine. She figured out how many packs of cigarettes equals the purchase of a car. A pack of cigarettes costs almost $10 in my state and that comes to over $20,000 in six years if someone smokes a pack a day. She then made the visual image of a big pile of empty cartons next to some sporty mid-priced vehicle with the tag line: Which would you rather have in six years? It really pushed home the expense of smoking and made young people aware of what they might have to do without to support an addiction. It became a real discussion topic, and as kids got older they told her it made them really think about what smoking would cost them and kept them from starting. She tried to make it a national ad, but never got very far.
The other thing I think they could have worked with are the studies that show teens who take up smoking nowadays tend to be poorer, have fewer friends and get lower school grades than non-smokers. No one wants to be lumped into the "you're poor, friendless and stupid if you do this" category. That is far more scary to a thirteen year old than a diseased lung.
The other thing I think they could have worked with are the studies that show teens who take up smoking nowadays tend to be poorer, have fewer friends and get lower school grades than non-smokers
I dont see how that is different than when I was a kid during the 70's...I think what is different now is that the fatalism is much worse, there are a lot more kids who think that life sucks and they dont have much to live for, so who the **** cares if smoking causes cancer. I think we have made tobacco the new heroin, and back when that was hot most all if it came with scary names and pictures, it was cool to see which one you bought this time.