Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The new morality

Nine new graphic cigarette warning labels were unveiled Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration, part of the agency's sweeping new powers to regulate tobacco and tobacco products.

The government can't "legislate morality" -- unless it wants to. Living in a world that moves further and further from traditional morality, the anti-moralists nevertheless have to get on their high-horses once in awhile to fight evil. I guess that's OK as long as they don't get on the same side of an issue with biblicists -- like no homosexual marriage and such like. Seeing it is not enough to simply warn folks of the dangers of smoking, now they will have pictures. A dead guy with his chest sewn up. A smoker exhaling through a hole in his neck. Despite all the rhetoric of the anti-tobaccoites, a few graphic pictures will not have the desired effect. I particularly like this one: "Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in non-smokers." Now that will frighten the smoker to death!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

They will be determined to wield power one way or another. I guess this would not have the political ramifications of something such as gay marriage, as you mentioned.

I also cannot help but think of the 2000 Presidential election when I think about tobacco. Of course Al Gore was one of the biggest proponents of tobacco regulation when many jumped on the bandwagon. The man who has his own lear jet and lives in a multi-million dollar mansion. So much for being concerned with pollutants. If you will remember, his advisors warned him to be careful or it could cost him some closely contested states. And it did. He lost Kentucky and West Virginia by narrow margins. Both states which heavily rely on tobacco production . If he had won either one, the election was his. Then, there would have been no controversy in Florida to drag on for over a month.