Boston Smokers Have Mixed Feelings On New Cigarette Labels

BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The federal government is planning to require new larger, graphic cigarette warning labels.

The images would include corpses, cancer patients and diseased lungs.

The proposed warning labels would take up half of each pack of cigarettes sold in the United States.

The Food and Drug Administration was given authority last year to oversee tobacco products including how they’re marketed.

What do smokers in Boston think?

A woman in South Boston tells WBZ News Radio, “I think they (the images) are over the top. I think anyone who smokes knows the dangers. I’m a smoker, I know, I’ve seen the pictures. I don’t think I need to see them every day.”

Other people tell WBZ they don’t mind the explicitness of the labels but they don’t think they’ll be much of a deterrent. One person simply stated, “People know what they’re doing.”

WBZ’s Karen Twomey talked to smokers and non-smokers in South Boston.

Do you think the proposed graphic warning labels on cigarettes will get people to stop smoking?

WBZ’s Jon Keller shares his thoughts about the FDA’s plan:

Click here to read more about the FDA’s plans.

The share of Americans who smoke has fallen dramatically since 1970, from nearly 40 percent to about 20 percent, but the rate has stalled since about 2004. About 46 million adults in the U.S. smoke cigarettes.

In the same period, the average cost per pack has gone from 38 cents to $5.33. Much of those increases are from state and federal taxes.

It’s unclear why declines in smoking have stalled. Some experts have cited tobacco company discounts or lack of funding for programs to discourage smoking or to help smokers quit.

WBZ News Radio’s Karen Twomey contributed to this report.

(TM and © Copyright 2010 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

  • Barbara Carroll

    If the packaging even deters 1 kid from smoking or motivates 3% of current smokers to stop- then that’s better than most mass marketing programs.

  • Amy

    Will it get people who thrive on nicotine to quit? Nope. Not unless they switch over to electronic cigarettes and/or some other means of getting their nic fix.

    Smoking cessation products are not all that cheap, and don’t work for everyone.

    The stop smoking “drug” makes some people really sick and also – not an option for everyone.

    No. scary photos on the pack aren’t going to get people to quit – higher prices, “fire safe” cigs, and the current warning messages didn’t work either. There’s always cigarette cases, or a marker that can hide the new warnings.

  • Cynic

    Don’t like smoking?…Don’t smoke…. I enjoy smoking…Leave me alone…Want to do something constructive? Get up an iniative petition,get it on the ballot…”Stores That Include A Pharmacy Shall Be Prohibited from selling Tobacco Products .Watch who fights it.. When Walgreens,CVS,Stop And Shop,Shaws,And the good old Commonwealth start losing MONEY from Tobacco Sales watch them scream…All of a sudden they’ll say somoking isn’t all that bad after all.

  • Cynic

    Barbara Carroll….Oh yes,Thats the old “If We Kill Them All We’ll Get the Guilty” argument.

  • Dennis

    I don’t believe you enjoy smoking – though I do believe that you believe it.
    You are a drug addict. You are addicted to nicotine. Convincing yourself that you enjoy it is your brain’s way of ensuring it gets it’s fix.

    If you really enjoy smoking so much, tell me this:
    Would you recommend smoking to your children (or, if you don’t have your own, your nieces/nephews/children in general)?
    Since you find it so enjoyable, would you recommend it to non-smokers?
    Would you go around telling people, “Hey, you know, smoking is really enjoyable. I love it. You should really start smoking, you’ll enjoy it too.”

    Stop kidding yourself. There’s nothing enjoyable about committing slow suicide, which is what you’re doing.
    Which part do you enjoy the most?
    The stench? The yellow stains on your teeth and fingers? That pleasant fresh breath it gives you? That awesome smoker’s cough and congestion? Being out of breath after running up a flight of stairs? The panic you feel when you’re on the last cigarette in your pack, and it’s too late at night to find an open store to buy a new pack? The aggravation and anxiety you go through when you are unable to smoke when & where you please? Or do you enjoy the near certainty that you are sentencing yourself to a slow, painful death from heart disease, lung disease or cancer?

    How does it feel when you’re not able to smoke when & where you please?
    Which other “enjoyable” habits make you feel that horrible when you’re not allowed to engage in them?

    How about this – do you enjoy smoking cigarettes that are not your brand?
    I bet you don’t. But, if you’re out of smokes, and your only choice is to bum one of a different brand or not smoke, I bet you’ll smoke whatever you can get.
    In that case, are you smoking out of pure enjoyment?

    Smoking is not a habit, it’s not a pleasure, it’s an addiction plain and simple.

    Many smokers say they enjoy smoking because it relaxes them.
    The truth is, smoking creates the stress that you need the cigarette to relieve.
    Why don’t non-smokers find smoking relaxing? They don’t need smoking to relax.
    Smokers need to smoke to relax because they are addicted!
    Would you walk around all day in shoes two sizes too small, just so you could enjoy the relief you get when you finally take them off?
    That’s exactly the kind of “enjoyment” you get from smoking.

    I’m a smoker. I’m a nicotine addict. I accept all of the above sentiments about smoking. I know it’s killing me. I hate it. I have tried many times over the last 10 years to quit. So far, I obviously haven’t been successful. Why would I be unable to stop doing something that I so abhor??? I’m a drug addict!!!
    And you are too, Cynic. You too are a drug addict.
    Would you believe someone who told you “I enjoy being a drug addict”.
    I wouldn’t.

  • Callie

    I’m St 4 lung CA.If a grapic image gets one person to quit or deters others from starting-its well worth it.

  • Rachel

    To Dennis up above. I found you comparing yourself to a drug addict to be one of the most distasteful things I have read in a very long time.

    I’ve smoked for 7 years. I like smoking. Do I wish I didn’t depend on it sometimes? Yes. However, I don’t plan on quitting anytime soon. I know the risks and what smoking can lead to. I believe when it’s my time it’s my time. Worse things haven’t killed me yet. I only plan to quit when I decide to have children. I don’t know about resuming or not after that.

    I am also a recovering drug addict. I have been clean for over two years now. The addiction to cigarettes is incomparable in my opinion to the addiction to drugs. Cigarettes have not almost destroyed my life like drugs. I have not sold possessions for cigarette money. My family has not been been in shame of me because I smoke cigarettes. I have not ended up overdosing from cigarettes.

    To say you are a drug addict makes you sound ignorant. You clearly have no idea what actual drug addicts go through. Until you do, keep your mouth shut.

    Back to the matter at hand however: These images will not make me quit. I don’t believe they will make most smokers I know quit. I do think the images are rude. To put a corpse or a dying person on a pack of cigarettes is rude to the person depicted. I don’t think a dead or dying person’s image should be placed on a pack of cigarettes which will be thrown in the trash.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Taz Show
Download Weather App

Listen Live