Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Classic Jeff Wed, 5 May 1999 21:24:08 -0500
As my wife is a big fan of British music (XTC, Elvis Costello, ELO, Beatles, early mod-period Who...) I have had some exposure to magazines which I assume are the UK equivalent of Rolling Stone, Spin, etc..

The cigarette ads in them have HUGE warnings, often the largest text on the page, dwarfing the ad copy itself! And they don't beat around the bush, either, they say things like "Warning: Smoking can kill you" or "Smoking while pregnant harms your baby". From the pictures, one can see that a similar job is done on the packaging itself.

Nevertheless, the British still smoke. My point is that if people want to smoke, they are going to smoke, no matter how obvious the warnings are. Hell, "Death" brand cigarettes are (or were) popular...