Washington Passing Cigarette Legislation As Thousands Are Unemployed
During a time when America’s finances are in a state of shambles and people can’t find jobs, Washington is hard at work at the most pressing issue facing America – cigarette legislation. (Please note the sarcasm.) The chain smoker-in chief announced on Friday, “For over a decade, leaders of both parties have fought to prevent tobacco companies from marketing their products to children and provide the public with the information they need to understand what a dangerous habit this is.”
According to Yahoo! News this new legislation will make cigarette packages have warning labels that cover 50% of the front and rear packaging with the word “WARNING” in capital letters. Furthermore, the legislation includes other, newly created restrictions. Tobacco-sponsored sports and events will be banned. Retail point-of-sale advertising for tobacco products will disappear except in adult-only facilities. Lastly, smokers will no longer be able to buy flavored cigarettes and light or mild cigarettes will no longer be found on store shelves (they supposedly give the impression that they are a healthy cigarette when labeled “light”).
Lawmakers believe this legislation will drastically reduce the amount of smokers, particularly young smokers, throughout America. Little old me on the other hand predicts that this will surely fail and eventually be overturned by tobacco lobbyists once proven ineffective.
Does anybody think smoking is good for you? NO! People that smoke make the conscious choice to smoke and no matter how addictive it is, have the will power to quit. This will not reduce teen smoking because teens aren’t influenced by the “Marlboro” sign at the local 7-11. They smoke because they think it makes them cool and grown up. They smoke to spite mainstream society and “break the rules.” They smoke to reject what their parents have told them not to do. They smoke because their favorite celebrities smoke or A-list actresses just looked so damn cool in the latest Hollywood movie puffing on a cigarette. Granted not every kid smokes but the ones that do didn’t pick up their habit because they thought cigarettes were a healthful choice and that “Newport Lights” sign finally got them everyday as they bought a Coke from their local convenience store.
What do you think?