A blog by Jon KellerBy Jon Keller

If you want to learn more about the federal push for new rules requiring cigarette packs to carry large, graphic images depicting the potential health effects of tobacco use, click here. You’ll also find a link to comment on the proposed regulations during the official comment period from now until early January.

Watch my report on what local people are saying about this new tactic in the war on tobacco and feel free to comment below.

Jon Keller

Comments (9)
  1. Patricia Brendel says:

    As much as I dislike smoking and know the dangers of smoking, it is not the government’s responsibility to put graphic pictures on the packages to dissuade people from buying and smoking. What’s next, pictures of fat people on ice cream and candy; pictures of vomiting drunks or horrific car crashes on liquor bottles? There is a wide range of things people do that affect their health. But, in the end, it is personal responsibility. I am all for education and promoting healthy lifestyles but this plan is over the line between my choice and government interference.

    1. Bonney says:

      EXACTLY ! My first thought was to put colored gruesome car accident photos of victims, not just vehicles, on all alcohol items or packaging.It seems like smokers are targets.

  2. Cynic says:

    SURGEON GENERALS WARNING: Waving your hands in fron of your face causes Cancer,Emphesema,And Heart disease.

  3. mikey says:

    In regard to this topic imagine this >>> My mother was a smoker who died of lung cancer. I remember the funeral home personnel putting her remains, which at the time of her death weighed about 70 lbs, ravaged by cancer, into a body bag and then wheeling the gurney carrying her remains through the living room of her home, out the front door. I watched and cried as the removal van drove away. I miss my mother. Smoking doesn’t make sense.

  4. Dennis says:

    Why is there a war on a legal substance?
    Nicotine has to be the most deadly and addictive legal substance.
    Not just legal, sold on every street corner.
    Ugly packaging won’t stop addicts from smoking.
    Nicotine should be banned, abolished, outlawed.
    I am a nicotine addict.
    I’m well aware that it is slowly killing me.
    I have made many unsuccessful attempts to quit.
    The ubiquity and availability of cigarettes is what makes it so difficult for me to quit.
    If cigarettes were no longer available, quitting would be simple.
    If you want to stop young people from becoming smokers, stop selling cigarettes.
    If you want stop people dying from smoking related diseases, stop selling cigarettes.
    If cigarettes are so bad, so evil, so horrible (and I believe they are) – STOP SELLING CIGARETTES.

    Nicotine is a highly addictive, highly toxic, poisonous drug.

  5. Debi says:

    Patricia expressed my thoughts exactly (although I am a smoker). However, she omitted one other extremely important product that deems such a warning – CONDOMS. It would seem that a GRAPHIC picture of a person horribly suffering from AIDS would make a strong impression as to how important it is to use condoms to prevent such a tragic outcome.

    Oh, wait a minute, that might “KILL THE MOOD” . . .

  6. Snowflake says:

    As was stated in an earlier comment, there are many other things that are detrimental to health. Poor diet and obesity can cause diabetes and heart problems, as well as some forms of cancer. Smoking, poor diets, excess alcohol or drug use are all things contributing to health care costs in this country. Maybe the only way to give people incentive to stop abusing their bodies and their health would be to charge these same folks higher premiums for their health care. Why should people who take care of themselves be forced to pay higher premiums every year to take care of people who cost the health care industry the most? You want to smoke? Go ahead, but pay for the medical care you’ll need while you’re dying of cancer of heart disease. Why not just put a gun to your head,much cheaper and we don’t all have to pay for it.

  7. smoke free says:

    would any of you smokers jump in front of a moving bus? A speeding car? a mack truck? Or anything else that would KILL YOU!!! I’m sure that your answer would be NO!! So why do you insist on smoking cigarettes knowing that they will enentually KILL YOU? And not in a pleasant way either. Why do you insist on saying this statement, (it won’t happen to me.) Well wake up, it’s happening and you don’t even know it. I quit when cigarettes were going for .75 a pack, and believe me when I say it was the BEST decision I ever made for my health.

    What I would like all of you smokers to do is to look into the mirror and watch yourselfs telling your loved ones that you’re sorry for making cigerattes 100% more important than them. Tell them that their love and concerns have no meaning compared to those cigarettes, tell them that NOTHING in this world is more important than those damn cigarettes, And no matter what they say, you will not stop smoking, NO MATTER WHAT! when you’re done? Call your family together and repeat what you just said in the mirror and see what kind of reaction you get.

    Each time you buy a pack of cigarettes you’re making a down payment to the cigarette companies towards an open legal contract to kill you, or at least make you feel that you want to die. Remember this much. Smoking is not an addiction, it’s a habit, and habits can be broken. Want to be a grandpa, grandma, or watch the grandchildren grow up and get married? the only way you have a chance of doing that is to STOP SMOKING! NOW!!! I did it and so can you.

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