Ooh, Scary Government Warnings

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Posted in category Lifestyle Fascism

Our nation’s Sergeant at Arms on all things health-related, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, is going to make us ascared of smoking cigarettes with the new mandate forcing tobacco companies to print spooky pictures on cigarette packs.

Announcing the first change to cigarette pack health warnings in 25 years, the US Food and Drug Administration unveiled nine graphic warning labels Tuesday that cigarette companies will be required to print by the fall of 2012 on the top half of every cigarette pack and 20 percent of every poster or ad.

These graphics will include a cadaver (who smoked, of course, because non-smokers don’t die), smoke drifting in a child’s face, and a grey, damaged lung. Government economists have said that almost a quarter million people will stop smoking in the first year of this mandate due to this government scaremongering that will save lives. Several economists with math degrees and 2.5 GPAs gathered ’round an office dart board and threw several darts, with most of those landing in the circle marked “quarter million.” So a quarter million lives it is! But the government mandate does so much more. Here’s a snippet from the article:

Although this number represents only half of 1 percent of the 40 million smokers in the US, antismoking advocates say it could save 60,000 to 70,000 lives if the tobacco-users quit for good. “Very few actions save 70,000 lives,” says Mr. Myers.

Yes, only government totalitarianism and force can “save” so many lives. Here is the FDA website on cigarette health warnings. The quasi-governmental American Lung Association – and I do not make this up – is asking for increased government funding to man the hotlines because so many people will be calling the “quit smoking hotlines” that they won’t be able to field all of the calls.

Meanwhile, as the government is attempting to “save” all of these human lives by making everything illegal and enforcing its wars against all behaviors deemed dangerous, it continues to counter that campaign with its massive killing sprees overseas by conducting and escalating its bloody, murderous, imperialist jihads within the borders of other nations that refuse to lick the boots of BushObama exceptionalism. Save some, kill others, control the message – but the underlying message is always consistent: let the United States government sort ‘em all out.

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5 Responses to Ooh, Scary Government Warnings

  1. M. Terry says:

    June 21st, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Oooh – THANKS, big brother, for having our best interest in mind.

    Maybe everyone caught smoking without a life preserver should be fined. Now THAT would save a lotta taxpayer’s lives.

  2. clark says:

    June 22nd, 2011 at 1:13 am

    The People who run goberment are flat out nuts.

  3. Wandering Cynic says:

    June 22nd, 2011 at 1:37 am

    “asking for increased government funding”

    That’s always the crux of the matter isn’t it? (Same goes for the other blog entry about life jackets). Profit! Profit! Profit! The state is more fixated on making money that the most cliche tophat wearing, cigar smoking capitalist ever was. I’m sure every misprint or missing warning label will result in a landslide of fees and fines.

    I’ve never understood the American obsession with demonizing smoking. That and a person’s weight are the two subjects you can comment about to total strangers and not be considered rude. But tell someone to quit cheating on their wife or that Whiskey on the rocks is not an acceptable lunch to have on the job and suddenly you’re the jerk.

    On the bright side. Every person that quits smoking means less tax money for the state. Imagine the budget hits if everyone quit at once. How’s that for an unintended consequence?

  4. Bob Roddis says:

    July 2nd, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I have some old cartoons applicable to the situation. From LIBERTY magazine “You may be so stupid that the government has to protect you from a giant cartoon camel”:


    From Libertarian Review around 1979 “We’re all Keynesians now”:


  5. Jeff Hebert says:

    July 3rd, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    We’ve had this in Canada for a while now.

    At the beginning, the new pack created a cottage industry for personalized pack sleeves (another government mandate that creates jobs, I guess).

    Then, people got used to the images and threw away the sleeves.

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