Public safety issues the FDA is overlooking and some label ideas
The other day I wrote an article addressing the addiction worse than smoking http://hubpages.com/hub/Now-that-the-new-FDA-enforced-cigarette-labels-are-out-why-stop-there
In this article I mentioned the new U.S. Food & Drug Administration-required warning labels for cigarettes. In case you haven't seen any of these labels they're pretty gruesome: one depicts a corpse in the coroner's office, another shows dental decay as supposedly suffered by a smoker. Still another of the these labels shows an emaciated and dying man, while another features a corpse laid out in a coffin, complete with a cigarette grasped in its lifeless hand. Now while some in the politically-correct media are hailing these lovelies as a sure-fire detriment to smoking, others are complaining that they just aren't visually evocative enough. Well, far be it for any politically-incorrect bumpkin heathen such as myself to question the capability of the FDA to successfully scare or gross out the last vestiges of the smoking public.
However, I will speak up and say I feel the government is missing a fine opportunity here. Have they not once considered how other activities could be addressed with similar image warnings? Just imagine the FDA stepping up to the plate and using this same technique to confront social problems and vices some of us feel are even more vile than cigarettes!
Additionally, with the U.S. government being Big Government it can't be long before they discover new and potentially dangerous activities the public needs to be warned against doing..
not to mention the reoccurring and confirmed dangers that lurk out there..
Of course, I can think of a few dangerous and potentially life-threatening activities Big Gov probably doesn't want to warn anyone about.
And if the FDA is genuinely interested in saving lives, then just perhaps they need to be making warnings to others besides the tax-paying smokers. For when all's said and done, the biggest threat to human life and the planet we live on doesn't come from a store or a field or even in a menthol flavored tube..
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