All cigarette packets will carry graphic images of diseased lungs and rotting teeth from tomorrow (1 Feb).
Generally speaking I'm opposed to the government telling adults what they can and can't do to their own bodies. I'm still dubious about the total smoking ban in pubs that was introduced ten years ago. But I don't have a problem with the State increasing awareness, including using shock tactics, for the purposes of public health. This proposal sounds like a good idea; I just hope one of these new packs is put in front of my face while I'm eating!Minister for Health James Reilly said he hopes the pictures will shock smokers into quitting and prevent young people from taking up the habit.
“Half, or one in two, of all long-term smokers will die from smoking related diseases,” he warned. “This is a stark statistic. There is no doubt that if tobacco were discovered today, knowing what we know about its lethal effects, it would not be a legal product.”
Graphic images on tobacco products - The Irish Times - Thu, Jan 31, 2013