The nanny-state moves into its self-parody phase. Behold these (very real, I’m afraid) “larger and more noticeable textual warning statements and color graphic images depicting the negative health consequences” of smoking, now being proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services:
The message here is clear: 1) Your government believes that you are an idiot and a child. 2) Your government knows what is best for you. 3) Defy your government at your own (mortal) peril.
More on how you can’t be trusted to make your own decisions here.
I’ve been an on-and-off smoker since college, but recently quit cold turkey and haven’t had a drag in a month. Now I’m thinking about starting up again.