Now Playing On Your Local Cigarette Pack…Graphic Images.

Ok…Ok…I get it already for cripes sake. Smoking is not good for you. Neither is alcohol, drugs, overeating, unprotected sex, gambling, and the list goes on and on. I get it already!

But, that said, the new anti-smoking advertising campaign that the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) will implement starting September 12th is a bit too much if ya ask me.

They include graphic photos of what cigarette smoking can do to you such as photos of a diseased lung from smoking and a really disgusting photo of someone with bad teeth.  (old photo of Dracula I think)

Ok, I get it.  But let’s look at this logically….if any of you non smokers can actually do that.

Just try for a moment. I know it’s hard to be logical, but try.

When you walk into a liquor store or a bar do you see any warning labels on bottles that say: “If you drink too much of this stuff while you’re attempting to score a babe is it possible that you might just get into your car and kill someone?” Or, “Caution, drinking may be hazardous to your liver as well as other essential body parts.”

So let me see if I understand this correctly.  Smoking kills those who smoke, and, possibly affects those who inhale second-hand smoke, even outdoors, or if someone is smoking on the street and an airplane is flying overhead at 30 thousand feet it may infect the passengers. Even though car and truck pollution and smog, and factory emissions do not.  Am I understanding this correctly?

So, um….shouldn’t there be graphic warning labels on cars, trucks, factories, and other smoke producers? Hmmmmmm….does this include my outdoor barbecue grill?

Shouldn’t a drunk leaving a bar have to have a warning label smacked on his forehead or perhaps a giant neon sign on the roof of his vehicle to warn others that he’s plastered?

OH WAIT!  It’s ok to get drunk and drive…I forgot…..it doesn’t kill anyone but the driver……sometimes.

Do any of you actually think putting graphic pictures on a cigarette pack is going to stop anyone from smoking?  If you do, you’re on another freakin’ planet.

Does a possible jail sentence for drunk driving stop anyone from driving drunk?  Does warning teenagers not to have unprotected sex stop them from having sex without a condom?  (Ask Bristol Palin)

Do all those warning advertisements about addictive gambling stop anyone from gambling?

Does seeing a very obese person stop anyone from scarfing down a banana split if they really want it?  (maybe a photo of a really ripe banana might help curb the desire)

Oh yeah, how many people on drugs are gonna stop taking drugs tomorrow after they watch an ad about how bad drugs are.  If that were the case there would be no drug problem or drug wars.  (anyone wanna take a trip to Mexico)

The point I’m attempting to make here is very simple……for the simple-minded.  I’ll speak it a bit loud so that possible you can grasp the message……

NO DAMN ADVERTISEMENT OF ANY KIND IS EVER, I REPEAT, EVER, GOING TO STOP ANYONE WITH AN ADDICTION, BE IT SMOKING, ALCOHOL, DRUGS, GAMBLING, SEX, OR SHOWING YOUR PENIS BULGE ON TWITTER.

IF THAT’S YOUR THING……YOU’RE GONNA DO IT!   P-E-R-I-O-D!

Sorry I had to raise my voice there.  But it gets my goat, whatever getting ones goat is, that the government thinks advertising is going to make people quit smoking.  It’s a choice people make, just like all of the other vices and until they outright ban smoking, alcohol, or whatever, it’s not going to phase anyone.

You’ll notice that I did not mention banning drugs.  Why?  Because they’re already banned and people do not use them anymore because they’re banned. See how simple that is.  We all know that no one does drugs anymore because they’re banned. See, it works Uncle Sam. How simple.

So, you geniuses at the FDA, simply ban cigarettes and alcohol and the problem is solved.  You don’t need no stinkin’ graphic pictures.

Then, with all of the drug and smoking problems solved, you can go on to banning desserts so that there will no longer be fat people. Then the big mother of them all, SEX.  Ban sex and we have no sexually transmitted diseases, or unwed mothers, or Bristol Palin selling books and being on tour.  How simple is that!

Then, with no more smoking, alcohol, drugs and sex, the population will wither away eventually and no one will be left on earth. Problems solved.

And then the last person standing at the FDA can erect a huge sign on the edge of the earth that says:

“HEY MAYANS….IF YOU’RE RETURNING TO EARTH AND READING THIS SIGN, DO NOT INHABIT THIS PLACE. WE TRIED AND SCREWED IT ALL UP…..WITH SIGNS.”

Copyright 2011 MisfitWisdom RLV

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About misfit120

Former disc jockey, (Dick Jones) 30 years, and author of, "I Could Have Been Famous But Sex, Love & Life Got In The Way" available at Amazon.com books, & Kindle, "The Covert Chamber" a mystery novel available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, and "Forgotten" the story of two WWI pilots who were forgotten for over 70 years available on Amazon.com and Kindle
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