We see warnings every day in our ordinary lives. We are used to these things, but do you ever see graphic health warnings? While your driving have you ever seen a billboard that says”Pull Over, Sleep Kills”? Just imagine you are driving down the road and you see this billboard. It’s not just a photograph of a sleepy driver or a smashed car, instead you see a huge billboard with a person injured from a car crash laying on the side of the road. Would that make you think twice about driving while you are tired?
This is one of those not-so-glamorous things that comes with traveling the World. I guess you could consider it in the culture shock category.
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As you sip that beer or alcoholic drink, what if there was a gruesome picture on the side of the can instead of a little warning. You may think twice about having that drink while you’re pregnant if there’s a photo of a dead baby on it.
We have been in many countries where cigarette packs must be 85% covered with graphic health warnings and these are not flowery images. They are photos of gruesome, close-up images, of anything from rotting teeth, toilets with lungs in them, cancerous lungs, open tracheotomy holes and baby corpses on the front of the packages. You cannot miss them behind the checkout clerk. They are not cartoon or fake images, they look like the photo was taken by a crime scene investigator.
The images change every 12 months to new gruesome images, I guess this is so they can stay up to date on the ever changing issues that smoking cigarettes can cause. Also so smokers do not get used to the photos of someone’s adams apple missing or black organs in a toilet. How can you even buy a pack with images like that taking up 85% of the package? Each time you pull that out of your pocket, you see that gruesome image.
I guess it’s a good reminder that your picking your own poison. No wonder those vaping devices are making a killing on sales since people probably have realized already the benefits of quitting. But does it really have to reach this extent to convince people to quit?
Does every pack have the images?
Do you think you do not have to put the images on your packages? You are wrong; The government will fine anyone who makes a package with less than 85% graphic health warning. No matter what company. Fines run anywhere from $500,000 for first time offense, $1,000,000 for second time offense and $2,000,000 for the third offense (USD). Chump change for those companies who are spreading their poisons. As of now there’s just over 40 Countries on board with this marketing campaign and more to come. Good for those Countries!
Now seeing just a few of the photos do you believe that the images will prompt people to quit? Or maybe stop that person from even trying a pack? Researchers believe so, and countries who have implemented the graphic images have seen a large decrease of smokers. This is a chain reaction, in a few years they will see a decrease in related health issues.
It has amazed me the amount of smokers we have encountered on our adventures, it never fails climbing that volcano there’s someone stopping to take a drag on that poison stick. While trekking though the jungle on a two day hiking trip there’s that person who needs to have just another one. It’s sad and I thought my pop a day was bad…..
This subject has proven to be an interesting topic between us and other travelers as we make our way around the Globe. These packages are everywhere, just glaring at you from behind every convenience store counter and you can’t really miss them.