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KEEP YOUR PICTURES OFF MY CIGARETTES
boblonsberry.com ^ | 06/23/11 | Bob Lonsberry

Posted on 06/23/2011 6:30:24 AM PDT by shortstop

On six packs of beer they will put pictures of gosh-awful ugly women who you will be tempted to sleep with if you drink the contents.

Ice cream containers and packages of steaks will have photographs of cottage-cheese thighs and clogged arteries.

Table saws will have pictures of severed fingers and New Year's champaigne will have images of crippled livers.

The possibilities are endless. The government has decided that it has the power to put images on the packaging of consumer products in order to protect the public health and the public good. So, it seems natural to speculate a bit on where this new-found power will take us.

Yes, cigarettes sicken and kill people. But, then, a great many things sicken and kill people.

Like alcohol. It has a far more damaging impact on American society than does tobacco. So does saturated fat. So do automobiles.

You wonder when the government will decide to warn us away from those products.

The background is that this week the federal government released various images it will require cigarette manufacturers to carry on their packaging. On both the front and back, at least half of the surface area must contain one of these government-mandated images. And they must be at the top of the product, for maximum visibility. This is done in the name of protecting the public from the wiles of the tobacco companies.

Never mind that government is the prime profiteer from cigarette sales -- in New York, for example, $4.35 of the $9 price of a pack of cigarettes is state tax. Never mind that there's not a person left on the planet who doesn't know that smoking is bad for you.

Just put the pictures on the packs, because we're the government and we said so.

That was announced this week, and there wasn't a whimper of protest or discomfort.

In spite of the fact that we have the government telling a private company what it must put on the packaging of the legal product it sells. Not just a warning, not some nutrition information, but what specific pictures how big and where.

Which just goes to prove the point: The government can't protect you without enslaving you.

And in the name of protecting you, the government would very gladly enslave you.

Don't get me wrong. I hate cigarettes. My mother and grandfather were killed by cigarettes. Emphysema is our family disease.

But I love freedom more than I hate cigarettes. And in a free society, the government doesn't design the packaging. In a free society, freedom of the press extends to the press that prints the package.

Oddly, we seem oblivious to those truths. In the name of being protected, we hand over liberty left and right.

I will gladly state the obvious: It is none of the government's business what is printed on a package of anything.

But now that this genie is out of the bottle, now that this battle of freedom has been lost, it might pay to look at the ridiculous ends to which this new power could just as easily be applied.

Any product that poses a health threat falls under government dictate as to packaging. In the future, as political correctness gets deeper into our diet, how long before the vegetarians require meat packaging to show pictures of human stomach cancers or suffering little calves? Would bags of candy carry close-up photographs of rotten teeth and Insulin needles? Should hot dog packages show choking children?

All of those possibilities are ridiculous.

Just as ridiculous as the warning pictures on cigarettes.

If cigarettes are a legal product -- and they are -- and if people can lawfully buy them -- and they can -- then it's none of the government's business what the labeling is. The pack belongs to the cigarette maker or the store until it is bought by the customer, then it belongs to the customer. Neither set of owners should be forced to decorate its property any other way than they way they choose. It is just not anywhere near being the government's business.

And it's a sad thing that nobody realizes that.


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The pictures make me sicker than the smoking.
1 posted on 06/23/2011 6:30:26 AM PDT by shortstop
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To: shortstop
Should hot dog packages show choking children?

Barney Frank would probably vote for it.
2 posted on 06/23/2011 6:32:23 AM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: shortstop

I anticipate a huge increase in the sale of cigarette cases.


3 posted on 06/23/2011 6:33:12 AM PDT by rwa265 (Christ my Cornerstone)
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To: shortstop

“Be the first kid to collect ‘em all!”


4 posted on 06/23/2011 6:33:31 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: shortstop

Makes me wonder why they (the gov’t) won’t put graphic pictures of aborted fetuses on the outside of abortion clinics.


5 posted on 06/23/2011 6:34:53 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: shortstop

How in the world can the Democrats and liberals even feign that their point of view is NOT one of nanny-state extremism?!?

You cannot seriously have a debate with someone who does not have ANY semblance of reality! RIGHT?!?


6 posted on 06/23/2011 6:35:21 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: shortstop

Now, let’s mandate murals of aborted fetuses on the outside of abortion clinics.


7 posted on 06/23/2011 6:35:50 AM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: rwa265

“It doesn’t matter how big the warnings on the cigarettes are; you could have a black pack, with a skull and crossbones on the front, called TUMORS, and smokers would be around the block going, “I can’t wait to get my hands on these #$%^ing things! I bet ya get a tumor as soon as you light up!” - Denis Leary (1992)


8 posted on 06/23/2011 6:36:19 AM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: UCANSEE2

Agreed. They can put pictures on my cigarettes right after they put pictures on the front door of abortion clinics!


9 posted on 06/23/2011 6:36:52 AM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: MrB

Now THAT’S funny


10 posted on 06/23/2011 6:38:26 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: MrB

Beat me to it!


11 posted on 06/23/2011 6:39:34 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: shortstop

Barney Frank should have to walk around with a picture of an emaciated AIDS patient pinned to the back of his jacket.


12 posted on 06/23/2011 6:39:51 AM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: shortstop

Nanny staters with OUR MONEY in action! Beats having to work for a living.


13 posted on 06/23/2011 6:46:29 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (When the going gets tough, the tough check themselves into "rehab".)
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To: shortstop

There should be a picture of a Zimbabwe trillion dollar note next to Obama’s name on the next ballot.


14 posted on 06/23/2011 6:46:29 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: tacticalogic
Barney Frank should have to walk around with a picture of an emaciated AIDS patient pinned to the back of his jacket.

And make that pillow-biter put one on his a$$ . . . the rear one . . . and maybe on his front one . . . his mouth (like, what's the diff?)

15 posted on 06/23/2011 6:48:58 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: shortstop

I am not and have never been a smoker, but this deeply offends me. Time for Congress to put it’s foot down if they are ever going to be serious about reigning in the Fed bureaucracy.


16 posted on 06/23/2011 6:49:28 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: shortstop

So will these photos go on packaging of medical marijuana? What about second hand marijuana smoke?


17 posted on 06/23/2011 6:49:38 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: rwa265

Or specially made stickers to plaster over them


18 posted on 06/23/2011 6:49:43 AM PDT by SaintDismas
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To: shortstop

This will only cheapen and desensitize the effects.


19 posted on 06/23/2011 6:52:28 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: shortstop

If warnings about bad effects are to be placed on products, then the very graphic gruesome details of the genocide of the Unborn ought to be plastered all over PP.


20 posted on 06/23/2011 6:52:38 AM PDT by GailA (NO DEMOCRATS or RINOS in 2012!)
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To: shortstop

I wish the tobacco companies had the courage to stop production of cigarettes for 3 months. The gov’t would beg them to start making them. Maybe even bring back TV ads. I loved the commercials (It’s what’s up front that counts! lol)


21 posted on 06/23/2011 6:53:51 AM PDT by jimmyo57
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To: shortstop
Ha ha ha. Here's one:


22 posted on 06/23/2011 6:54:10 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: shortstop

I know several guys who are big time ‘chubby chasers’,would love to see pictures of large women on a 12 pack of beer or a gallon of ice cream and would definitely increasing their consumption of both.

Nanny staters never anticipate the proverbial ‘unintentional consequences’ of any plan.


23 posted on 06/23/2011 6:55:11 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: shortstop

Just as long as any Obama re-election literature ALSO includes a warning photo of an empty wallet and an Unemployment application. . . .


24 posted on 06/23/2011 6:57:22 AM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
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To: shortstop
This does it for me. No alcohol, ever.


25 posted on 06/23/2011 6:58:05 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: shortstop

My response to an earlier thread. Guess someone will fix this issue, but here are a few thoughts.>>>>>

I have an answer to this si$t. I wanted to make a fortune on this, but wanted to get this out for some enterprising freeper.

Simply make a very cheap condom (like a thin film) that can easily be placed over the pack. Disposable. Could have waterfalls, beauties, words like F You O, anything that makes the image you like.

Granted, smoking isn’t good, wish I could quit, but this morbid idea from the FDA will send some to the lawyers to sue. For hurting my kid. Just thing of the pack with FDA sick pic laying on a picnic table and some kid sees it. Or in a bar where you can smoke. Law suits galore.

My idea could be made in Texas (love that state) or China or anywhere that it is cheap. Less than a penny a pack. Ladies with purses will probably use cig cases, but guys want something easy, quick and no hassle to slide on. 100 for 50 cents. The tobacco co. probably already thought of this. Do you get my drift?


26 posted on 06/23/2011 7:00:24 AM PDT by Pit1 ( Waiting for Sarah to raise the excitement to a fever pitch and send bozo packing.)
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To: shortstop
If cigarettes are a legal product -- and they are -- and if people can lawfully buy them -- and they can -- then it's none of the government's business what the labeling is.
CPSC dictates all sorts of language and labeling, especially safety warnings on toys and some children's clothing. Most of it sucks, as in it doesn't describe the hazard or how to avoid the risk. In contrast, the photos on the cig packs are probably quite effective.
27 posted on 06/23/2011 7:04:05 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Pit1
I see a spike in sales of the good old fashioned cigarette case...


28 posted on 06/23/2011 7:08:40 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: shortstop

Looking at a picture of 2nd hand smoke can give you cancer..


29 posted on 06/23/2011 7:18:25 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: shortstop

The images would seem to be interfering with trade, which is against the constitution.


30 posted on 06/23/2011 7:20:54 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: shortstop
Graphic Government Warnings
31 posted on 06/23/2011 7:34:19 AM PDT by SC DOC
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To: rwa265

Yes, I’m thinking we should come up with a thin covering case like those paper-like wallets and make some money off of it.


32 posted on 06/23/2011 7:37:48 AM PDT by tiki
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To: Pit1

See my 32


33 posted on 06/23/2011 7:42:41 AM PDT by tiki
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To: shortstop

can we put pictures of dead fetus’s on the doors of planned parenthood abortion mills?


34 posted on 06/23/2011 7:46:03 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Renderofveils

LOL!


35 posted on 06/23/2011 7:56:25 AM PDT by SoKatt ("Change" is not a strategy!)
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To: shortstop

After further thought, these pictures might even increase smoking among rebellious teens. They’d think it was cool and you know teenagers think they are immortal and it could never happen to them.


36 posted on 06/23/2011 8:03:23 AM PDT by tiki
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To: rwa265

Just what I thought too...


37 posted on 06/23/2011 8:13:16 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: shortstop

But they won’t let pro-life organizations run paid ads that feature aborted fetuses.


38 posted on 06/23/2011 8:18:41 AM PDT by EDINVA ( CHANGE it back!)
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To: shortstop

39 posted on 06/23/2011 8:20:30 AM PDT by VastRWCon (Taxed to Death)
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To: Renderofveils
What pictures will they place on Condom packages?
40 posted on 06/23/2011 8:23:07 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: shortstop

But don’t you dare put a picture of an aborted baby on ANYTHING, it might offend some queer baits. I may have to put Barney, Goober and Otis on this. So don’t you dare.


41 posted on 06/23/2011 8:46:07 AM PDT by Waco (Nominate Palin or forget 2012 you lost)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

You think the federal government that ruined thousands of boat motors with ethanol will give a rats butt about what they do to with cigarettes? They are probably going to try to legalize weed soon. They are all nuts. When will they put pictures of rotting diseased body parts on condoms? Before cigarettes became enemy number 1, we had far fewer people on Prozac, Valium and Zoloft. Step outside and grab a cigarette when there was a need for it as opposed to grabbing a pill and driving a vehicle. I don’t smoke. I see more people using all manner of pills now when grabbing a cigarette used to be ok. The feds may want to see how many young teens are buying Blunts these days. Every taste from cherry to watermelon and grape. What is up with that? I am told they slice them open and put weed or cocaine in them.
Idiots


42 posted on 06/23/2011 8:50:05 AM PDT by oldironsides
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To: VastRWCon

NEW Olde Frothingslosh!!

Thank goodness somebody remembers Iron City beer.

BTW, are they going to mandate ugly pix for liquor bottle labels? How about smashed up automobiles on your Maker’s Mark?


43 posted on 06/23/2011 9:05:49 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport Muslims. Nuke Mecca. Death to Islam. Freedom for mankind.")
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44 posted on 06/23/2011 9:43:36 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: shortstop

This is a perfect opportunity for the return to populaity the use of cigarette cases. Why carry the pack with the photos when you could carry a nice looking case to hold your smokes.


45 posted on 06/23/2011 11:00:00 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: tacticalogic

Yep billboards accross the street should do....


46 posted on 06/23/2011 11:02:24 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: cripplecreek

Marijuana has never caused cancer or anything like tabacco does. it does not contain the same thigns tabacco does that causes these thin0gs to happen.Tar alone has never een studied.


47 posted on 06/23/2011 11:04:11 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: chris_bdba

My husband and I have been using cigarette cases for over 10 years, ever since we started making our own.


48 posted on 06/23/2011 11:15:30 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: UCANSEE2
Makes me wonder why they (the gov’t) won’t put graphic pictures of aborted fetuses on the outside of abortion clinics.

WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER!!!

502 - vote him out

577 - THROW him out

49 posted on 06/23/2011 1:06:48 PM PDT by Christian4Bush (PSA. As of 6/23/11, 502/577 days 'til we vote out/take out the trash. (Nov 6 2012))
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To: shortstop
The possibilities are endless.

Except for the doors of abortion clinics.


More than a WTC, DAILY, and we are worried about OTHER ways to die?

Why not go after #1??

50 posted on 06/23/2011 2:41:45 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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