Historic anti-smoking legislation sped to final congressional passage last month, which will have sweeping changes in the industry. I'm torn. On the one hand, yes, I don't like how smokes are advertised in a way that entices younger people to try smoking, on the other hand, that's what advertising is supposed to do, bring in new customers. Sure, I'm all for making sure the health hazards of smoking are shown and known, on the other hand, there's no way to not know these things anymore. Yes, I want them to be regulated, on the other hand, I'm not a huge fan of the government telling me I can or cannot do something that only truly affects me. So, yeah, I'm torn on my thoughts.
Under the legislation:
- Cigarette packages will have warning labels that cover 50 percent of the front and rear. The word "warning" must be included in capital letters. - Like Denis Leary pointed out, it's not like we just haven't noticed. This is superfluous and obnoxious.
- Any remaining tobacco-related sponsorships of sports and entertainment events will be banned, as will giveaways of non-tobacco items with the purchase of a tobacco product. A federal ban will be imposed on all outdoor tobacco advertising within 1,000 feet of schools and playgrounds. - But beer will still be allowed to host sports events? Alcoholism is just as bad, if not worse.
- Point-of-sale advertising will be limited to adults-only facilities, and remaining vending machines will disappear except in places restricted to adults. Retailers who sell to minors will be subject to federal enforcement and penalties. - Well, if you're gonna kill the ads, kill them all, I guess.
- Smokers, particularly the younger crowd, will find they can no longer buy cigarettes sweetened by candy flavors or any herb or spices such as strawberry, grape, orange, clove, cinnamon or vanilla. Cigarettes advertised as "light" or "mild," giving the impression that they aren't as harmful to health, will no longer be found on store shelves. - So, wait, I won't be able to smoke cloves anymore? I can see why you wouldn't want to market this to children, but what about the perfectly legal adults that enjoy these? Hey, you don't want us thinking that "lights" or "milds" are more healthy, fine, you're OMGHUGE warning should handle that. Maybe people just prefer the taste. Me, I've NEVER enjoyed regular cigarettes, not in any fashion. I do enjoy cloves, though. I smoked for a while and then quit smoking for a long time, and now I enjoy them in extreme moderation (a pack of cloves lasts me nearly a week). Now, if I know the health risk, and I'm a legal adult, why can I not do this? And, on that same note, why can one smoke regular tobacco cigarettes legally, additives and all, tar, chemicals, you name it, and still not be legally allowed to smoke clean, natural marijuana?
I see where they are going with it, and I can understand and agree with their reasoning, but, as usual with the government, I think they are going overboard on it. I guess we'll just have to see where it goes from here (as far as I know, it's not signed into law, yet). In the meantime, consider smoking alternatives. I have it on good authority that things like the Blu electronic cigarette work fabulously. Frankly, if they'd make a clove flavor, I'd consider it myself, even with as little as I really smoke.